When a child goes missing the authorities could be faced with a decision to activate an Amber Alert. Authorities are always concerned if they are being over-used thus desensitizing the public.
The third Amber Alert ever issued in Mississippi resulted in the rapid recovery of four children and the arrest of their mother and another person Sunday.
The woman, who does not have custody of the children, and her companion, an alleged illegal immigrant, were apprehended in east Tennessee after she allegedly kidnapped them from rural Marion County
The following is the criteria that are used to make a determination regarding activation of the Mississippi Amber Alert System: **
- Is the abduction non-parental?
- Is the abducted individual under the age of 18 or mentally or physically incapacitated?
- Is there a threat of imminent danger to the child who has been abducted?
- Is there complete and specific information that could lead to the safe recovery of the child and/or the arrest of the suspect?
** Each case will be reviewed on its own merits and if there are extenuating circumstances these criteria may be amended or expanded depending on the merits presented.
There are currently 12 children listed at the NCMEC. Most are either past the age of 18 or victims of a “Family Abduction”. There is one “Endangered Runaway”
Isabel Adriana Sandoval
Missing Since: 6/4/07
Age Now: 15
Missing from: GULFPORT, MS