Police say a two-year-old boy who was kidnapped during a carjacking has been found safe outside a Columbus gas station.
A Levi's Call, Georgia's version of the Amber Alert, was issued at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday for Tellious Brown. He was taken from his mother, 24-year-old Lakendra Trice, during a carjacking Wednesday night.
Shortly after Thursday afternoon's news conference, police received an anonymous call telling them where they could find the child.
Authorities say the suspects had fled before police arrived. The child was found unharmed and has been reunited with his mother. FBI agent Jeff Hurley says authorities do not believe the kidnapping was a random act, but he would not elaborate further.
The boy's mother said the kidnappers demanded $100,000 in ransom for the child's return Wednesday night.
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The AMBER Plan
The AMBER Plan is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies and broadcasters to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases.
Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS), formerly called the Emergency Broadcast System, to air a description of the missing child and suspected abductor.
This is the same concept used during severe weather emergencies. The goal of the AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe return of the child.
How Does the AMBER Plan Work?
AMBER Plans Nationwide
Source: http://www.missingkids.org/ (The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Web site)
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