Most Amber Alert criteria contain a clause that they will be used only for serious child abduction cases, and are not be used for runaway or most parental abduction cases unless the circumstance is proven to be life-threatening to the child.
Will it require changing the criteria or guidelines based on the “Family Abduction Prevention Act” ?
On Friday an Amber Alert was issues for two Louisiana abducted children, Demonte Winfrey, 10 and Demond Winfrey, 11. The two boys were last seen at Teche Elementary in Breaux. They were allegedly abducted by their mother Laquita Mathis, aka Laquita Winfrey, 31. She is accused of taking the boys out of school without proper consent.
She was reported as driving one of the following vehicles depending on the article.
Mathis was last seen driving a white, Chrysler Dodge type, four-door sedan and may be headed for, according to officials.
She was last seen driving a white mid size sedan possibly a Maxima or a Ford Taurus, possibly headed towards Texas.
The following criteria MUST be met before an AMBER Alert is activated:
- Law enforcement confirms a child, aged 17 or under, has been abducted.
- Law enforcement believes the circumstances surrounding the abduction indicate that the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death.
- There must be enough descriptive information about the child, abductor, and/or suspect’s vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help the case.
Everyone involved in the Louisiana AMBER Alert Plan is extremely serious about each and every AMBER Alert request that is submitted. Each one is reviewed thoroughly and, if an error is made, it will be on the side of the child’s safety.
Update: The boys were returned to their father unharmed after their Mother turned herself in to authorities.