Parental Custody Dispute Leads to Dubious ‘Amber Alert’

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An Amber Alert issued after an infant girl was reported abducted has ended with the child being found safe and her father facing charges. But some are questioning whether the alert system in this case was misused, reports ABC News. State police in Bedford, Pa., had issued an Amber Alert on Sunday for 11-month-old Sabrina Gwen Cleveland, after she had been reported abducted by her father, Ernest Cleveland. Police said Cleveland, 24, took Sabrina at gunpoint from the Imler, Pa., home where she was staying with her mother, Karen Montgomery.

After the alert was issued, the police contacted law enforcement officials in Connecticut, where Cleveland lives. When police there saw him come home with his daughter early Monday morning, Cleveland surrendered to authorities following brief negotiations. Sabrina was unharmed. Cleveland’s attorney says the Amber Alert system was abused and that his client acted out of concern for his daughter. The lawyer said Cleveland had primary custody of Sabrina and that the child’s mother violated a custodial agreement by taking her out of state.


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