12 OYS: Details on Amber Alerts after deputies child abduction scare

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Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Wednesday morning, many are breathing a sigh of relief as deputies confirm there was not a child abduction after receiving a call Tuesday night about a possible abduction.

As the situation developed over hours, News 12 received many calls about why an amber alert was not issued.

We're On Your Side with answers.

Richmond County dispatch got a call just before 9 p.m. Tuesday about a possible child abduction. Deputies responded to the Olmstead Homes Apartment complexes where reportedly a child had been snatched from the playground there.

Investigators confirm they started a search near F-Court.

Over those next few hours, no amber alert was issued. It was right at 11 p.m. when News 12 was able to confirm from deputies that a child was not abducted.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is now calling this incident a "suspicious situation" and deputies tell us it may have been a misunderstanding between parents on where the child was supposed to be.

Through it all, many of you reached out to us about why an amber alert was not issued.

The U.S. Department of Justice requires law enforcement to have several criteria met before issuing an Amber Alert, including:

- law enforcement being able to confirm an abduction has taken place,

- the child being at risk of serious injury or death and

- there being sufficient descriptive information of the child, captor(s) or captor(s) vehicle.

Presumably, Richmond County deputies did not have enough of the criteria to put out an alert. Right now, we're working to get more details about the circumstances in this incident.

For more on the criteria for an Amber Alert, click the attached link.

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Deputies said there was not a child abduction near F Court, despite an original call about a possible child abduction.

They were called around 8:53 p.m. to the Olmstead Homes apartment complexes, dispatch said. A Sheriff's Office release said they conclude this incident was a "suspicious situation."

Deputies told News 12 on the scene there had not been a child abduction and there may have been a miscommunication between parents.

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