A child abduction scare sends Chattanooga Police on wild goose chase. Now, we're digging deeper into the protocol for Amber Alerts. Chattanooga Police spent about an hour Tuesday afternoon looking for a stolen car they believed, had a child in the backseat.
32-year-old Letrice Patterson called it in, saying her car had been stolen at the corner of Shallowford Road and North Moore Road. During questioning, investigators found that Patterson's story was not consistent. The child was later found at school.
But, what if that story ended differently and that child wasn't found at daycare, by our calculations it would take an hour before anyone would know that your child was gone.
Grandparent, Tina White, tells us "to think that a child was missing for an hour, which luckily didn't actually happen, but to think if that actually happened . That's scary for a parent."
CPD tells us that in a situation like this they are faced with a difficult decision. Take the time to investigate the validity of a report or increase potentially deadly delays by not activating an amber alert. In Tuesday's case police spokesperson Kyle Miller says it was apparent Patterson's story was not consistent, but they did notify TBI to monitor the situation, just in case things turned out to be more serious.
But grandparents like Tina White say they'd rather be safe than sorry. "I was just sure that they sent an amber alert out, but I heard later that they did not and that's scary," says White.
by Mikaya Thurmond