Child Abductions: How Police are Prepared and How You Feel About it
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on February 09, 2013 @ 7:46PM
Created on February 09, 2013 @ 7:34PM

Since this abduction 5 News spoke with local police to see what they do during instances like this one.

"The plan in place is a amber alert. If we receive information of a child abduction or anything of that nature we take information and then it's broadcast over the state," said Lt. William Sothen, Harrison County Sheriff's Department.

Law Enforcement Officers are prepared for any type of occurrence. They're constantly learning new tactics and are ready for the unexpected.

"We receive in service training every year. We're required to take a certain amount of training on that as well as other things. As the system is upgraded we receive new training," said Lt. Sothen.

Many people said they are grateful for these officers who help those endanger.

"As long as they were safe and no one got hurt. And obviously they got to the person then they did their job. If they haven't done that, who knows what the situation of the kid would be," said Anthony Mikesell, Harrison County Resident.

While others said they can't even fathom something like this happening to them.

"It's horrible. Anytime there is a child involved in any criminal activity, it's horrible. I'm actually a father of five children. If something like that happened to my child I just couldn't even imagine how horrible that would be," said Howard Swick, Barbour County Resident.

Many folks told me that even though it's a tragedy it's a rare occurrence in small towns compared to big cites.

"That's why we chose to have our family in Barbour County rather than in a city somewhere. When something like that happens in a small town you're like wow that's the whole reason we moves to a small town to get away from this. So it kind of shakes up the community," said Swick.

Law Enforcement agreed that they're lucky child abduction doesn't occur often.

"We are probably very fortunate that we haven't had much, other than domestic calls when one parent or the other parent refuses to give a child back. Other than those we haven't had that many incidents of child abductions," said Lt. Sothen.

The two-year-old victim is safe at home and the man responsible is behind bars.


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Comments (2)
Feb 13, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Parents need to be more alert and more responsible parents. Only that will prevent it in the first place.
Feb 10, 2013 at 5:55 AM
This is a good idea and a good start among us parents. However, we still need to be vigilant when meeting people we barely know. As a mother, I taught my daughter on how to handle emergency situation. Some techniques she can use when dealing offenders. And also, I provided her a mobile-based application for safety and protection. Just pressing a button, she can notify and alert friends, family and myself. If needed, the call will be routed to the nearest 911 dispatch. Protect your kids now check this out http://safekidzone.com/