Deputies say the mother who ran off with her infant, causing an Amber Alert in the area is not facing criminal charges at this time.

The mother who ran off with her very young baby is not facing criminal charges at this time.

According to the Facebook page of the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office, Katrina M. Harter removed her child Gionna K. Harter from a residence in Montour Falls on May 10. Katrina, who had two previous children removed from her by court order, was in the process of having the custody of Gionna transferred to another party that she was currently living with.

Katrina took Gionna to Geneva in Ontario County, where they were both later located. Gionna was turned over to the third party who was awarded temporary custody on May 9, and there is a pending hearing in Schuyler County Family Court later this month.

An Amber Alert cancellation notice was sent from the New York State Police Special Victims Unit regarding the missing 15-day-old baby Gionna Harter. 

The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Gionna K. Harter has been located safe and sound by Geneva Police and New York State Police officers.  

The baby's mother, Katrina Harter, 31, has turned herself in to Geneva Police. 


Deputies in Schuyler County had issued an Amber Alert for the baby, who had gone missing in Montour Falls.  When she was missing, deputies said the baby may have been taken by her mother.

Law enforcement followed up on over 100 leads throughout Schuyler, Ontario, Wayne, Monroe, Erie, Seneca, and Yates counties.  

The following agencies actively assisted during the investigation:  The Wayne and Ontario County sheriff's offices, New York State Police, Geneva Police Department, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, New York State Department of Corrections,  and U.S. Border Patrol.