I am sorry to hear this; the police are incorrect- an alleged father has no legal rights unless there is a signed acknowledgement of paternity, or there is a court order to that effect.
The statute is here and can be printed out
You can contact the police department and ask to speak to a supervisor, explain the situation and then provide a copy of the statute (or cite the code) and request police assistance in retrieving the child.
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