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Change Criteria to issue an Amber Alert

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The current criteria that needs to be met when a child is abducted to warrant an Amber Alert is to vague. Potentially causing a family to lose their child forever, a nightmare no one should ever have to live through. Before an alert is initiated, three criteria must be met: 1. Law enforcement agency confirms a child under 18 years of age has been abducted; 2. Law enforcement agency believes the circumstances surrounding the abduction indicate that the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death; and 3. There is enough descriptive information about the child, abductor, and/or suspect�s vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help in locating the child. The Wednesday disappearance of an 8 year old girl named Victoria in Woodstock has left the little girl now missing for two days and no Amber Alert has been raised because there is a video of her walking away without struggle with the person last seen with her. As a parent, I am shocked that number two on the criteria is not more elaborative. It takes no effort for an adult to walk up to a child and either lie to them and convince them to come with them or scare them into coming with them without a struggle. How many stories have we heard of experiements where an adult lures a child with the missing puppy lie or scared them by saying if you dont come, I will hurt someone you love. This #2 criteria is outrageous...and I really pray that this little girl is not found dead because of it, when an Amber Alert could have saved her life. No one recognizes the woman last seen with her........that should be enough. She's gone and its been almost three days, hopefully its not to late.

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