Police received a phone call Wednesday morning from a relative who said the girl had been returned, said LAPD Officer Tony Im.
Randy Green, 29, allegedly walked into a home in the 3300 block of Stocker Place in Leimert Park about 4 p.m. Tuesday and took his 14-month-old daughter, Raniyah Green, while her grandmother was babysitting her.
Police had not been able to find Raniyah's mother to let her know her daughter was missing, officials said.
A restraining order forbids Green from being near his daughter or her mother, police said.
Raniyah weighs 25 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes, authorities said.
Green is believed to be driving a 2004 BMW with California license plate 7GYU146. He's described as having black hair and brown eyes. He stands about 5 feet 0 and weighs about 145 pounds.
Green's last known address is in the Moreno Valley, and investigators are unsure where he may have taken the girl, police said.
No Amber Alert was issued.
Staff writer Veronica Rocha contributed to this report.