Amber Alert on a Child Abducted by a Non-Custodial Mother Cancelled
Approximately 3 hours after an Amber Alert was posted in Ramsey, Minnesota, the Minnesota State Patrol was able to locate the 15-month-old girl named Khadijah Abdalaziz Sheikh who was abducted from the Ramsey daycare center by her mother, Yusra Abumayaleh.
The alert was issued on Thursday afternoon but the child was abducted on Wednesday. According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the alert was canceled on the evening of Thursday.
Authorities said that they have reasons for thinking that the child and the mother were both in danger. According to them, the mother has recently lost custody of her child and is reportedly been acting in an odd and irrational manner, and threatened to commit suicide and endanger other people.
According to Sheriff Sommer, an AMBER alert isn’t usually issued in custodial situations; however, this case is an exception because the investigators gathered significant data from social workers. According to them, the family had a history with the police and their name was known to the law enforcement agencies.
Investigators said that after the Amber Alert was issued, they have received tips from citizens every 15 to 20 seconds.
“It was our conversation with the BCA and they shared our concerns, and they agreed to do the Amber Alert. And there is no question without the Amber Alert we may not have had the result we did, and certainly wouldn’t have been as quick as it was,” Anoka County Sheriff Paul Sommer said.
Before 7 in the evening, Minnesota troopers were able to locate the vehicle of the suspect — a black 2004 Honda Civic Sedan with MN license plate number 386 HUJ — on Interstate 35W near Stinson Boulevard. The vehicle was seen by a citizen who reported it to the law enforcers. According to the reports made by the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, the child doesn’t appear to be harmed, but will still be taken to the hospital in the area for further evaluation. The suspect will be in the custody of the police while criminal charges are still pending.
“We’re very relieved. This is the best possible outcome. It happened quicker than we had hoped. The AMBER alert system did its job today,” said Sheriff Paul Sommer.
The incident was described as abduction by a non-custodial parent and the criminal charges are yet to be considered.