INDIANAPOLIS - The Amber Alert is a system that Indiana authorities use to help find missing children believed to be in danger.
The system is an effort between police and Indiana radio and television stations. All participating stations break programming to broadcast the alert and any additional information about the child or suspects.
The system, in place for more than a decade, was triggered Wednesday night for 6-week-old Delano Wilson, making it the first statewide Amber Alert in 2014.
Only Indiana State Police can approve a statewide Amber Alert. Since 2003, ISP has received 122 requests but has only issued 37 actual alerts.
In that time period, 45 kids were found.
The last statewide alert was in September 2013 when a Hamilton County mom involved in a custody battle was accused of abducting her daughter. Both the mother and child were found in Kentucky.
Police use a checklist to determine when an alert should be issued:
- The child must be under 18 years old
- The child must be believed to be abducted and in danger of serious bodily harm or death
- There must be enough descriptive information to believe the broadcast will help
- The request must be recommended by a law enforcement agency
A team of four with ISP made the call to issue the alert after receiving the request from officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
After looking into the details, ISP issued the alert around 9 p.m. because it met the four required criteria.
Click here for more information on the Amber Alert system.
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