|Wednesday, September 12, 2012|
|After 10 years, Amber Alerts issued sparingly in Tennessee|
By Tony Gonzalez|
In one case, a 52-year-old man sped north out of Georgia, his
4-year-old daughter tossed carelessly in the back among his belongings.
the other, an 11-year-old girl who had been visiting her father walked
into Old Hickory Mall in Jackson while he slept in his car. When he woke
up, he told police, she was gone.
Two different cases, two
different outcomes — and a side-by-side illustration of what can happen
when children disappear. One occurred more than a decade ago, before
Tennessee turned to a nationwide system known as Amber Alerts; the other more recently.
program, named for Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old girl who was abducted
and murdered in Texas in 1996, has become the go-to method for pursuing
missing children in cases considered the most dangerous. State officials
set the alerts in motion with tremendous selectivity — they’ve used it
in Tennessee for only 80 cases involving 101 children in ten years, but
that’s only a fraction of the 100,000 kids who have gone missing since
it became available as a law enforcement tool.
When they do, the children are almost always ...
Read the full story at Tennessean.com.
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