Texas Agency Denies ‘Amber Alert’ For Runaway


A Texas state agency’s refusal to issue an Amber Alert for a missing 11-year-old girl believed to have run off with a convicted felon is being questioned by advocates for missing children and a Texas lawmaker, reports the Associated Press. They said the Department of Public Safety should reconsider its policy of issuing the alerts only when children are abducted by strangers or taken unwillingly. “People who prey on children more often use seduction rather than ropes,” said Rep. Garnett Coleman, a Houston legislator who has focused on children’s issues.

Police in Tyler, about 100 miles east of Dallas, requested the Amber Alert after the girl’s mother reported her missing. The girl called her mother to says she was in Mexico, apparently with Enrique Vasquez, 23, a convicted burglar. Police have issued an arrest warrant for Vasquez on charges of kidnapping and violating probation. DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said the Amber Alert, created in response to the 1996 kidnapping and murder of Amber Hagerman, 9, in Arlington, and was primarily intended for use in stranger abduction cases.

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