Amber Alert Delayed Because Parents Still Married and No Custody Order – and 4 Year Old Dies

Two boys, 2 and 4 years old, were forcibly taken from their grandfather at knifepoint. Before the incident ended, the 4 year old was dead and the 2 year old was wounded.

Because of Indiana guidelines, an Amber Alert was not issued for 7 hours.

Because the person who took the boys was allegedly their father, and he was still married to their mother.

It was irrelevant to the Indiana guidelines that the abductor was armed and had threatened the boys’ caretaker.

It is unclear whether the father’s reported criminal record or the order of protection the mother had just gotten were given any consideration either.

Read more in this Ft. Wayne [IN] Journal Gazette article: Late Amber Alert.