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FBI offering $5,000 reward for information in case of missing 2-year-old girl Noelani Robinson

Posted at 10:12 AM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-16 06:33:07-04

MILWAUKEE -- The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to the safe return of 2-year-old Noelani Robinson.

The reward was announced at a news conference Friday afternoon. An AMBER Alert has been active for Noelani since Monday , when police say Dariaz Higgins shot and killed Noelani's mother, Sierra Robinson, before taking off with the toddler.

Higgins has since been arrested, but Noelani remains missing. Police say they are calling on the public and law enforcement agencies across the country to help locate Noelani.

Previously, Milwaukee police confirmed they were investigating tips Noelani may be with a family or acquaintance in Minnesota.

Every second Noelani is missing it feels like a lifetime to her grandfather.

According to Robinson, his daughter Sierra and granddaughter Noelani were living in Kansas City. He said Sierra was trying to rebuild her life.

Robinson said Higgins had never met Noelani. But back in January, Higgins convinced Sierra to bring Noelani to Milwaukee for a visit.

"Sierra's mission was to leave here and connect with the child's father to give him an opportunity and his children," said Robinson.

Court records say Sierra went with a friend to meet Higgins and get her daughter back. The pair were in the car with Higgins when they stopped at an apartment at 91st and Mill Rd. He told Sierra that Noelani was inside, then as Sierra and her friend walked to the door, Higgins shot them multiple times.

"I need my grand-baby back," he said. "I need my daughter too but at least my granddaughter."