Missing Fridley Girl Found
A 4-year-old missing Fridley girl was found alive and safe in Minneapolis Friday, according to the Pioneer Press.
Police found the Anastasia Jones with her non-custodial mother and her boyfriend, according to Janell Rasmussen, spokesperson for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension..The mother, 19-year old Miracle Angel Flowers, had taken Jones from the Hennepin County Medical Center where she was visiting, reported the Star Tribune.
Witnesses were able to describe Jones and the care her mom was driving, and police called for an Amber Alert Friday afternoon. The car was a 1996 Sebring convertible, and the driver possible may have been 37-year-old Marlon Keith Jackson, according to the Pioneer Press. The alert was sent to the media and posted on electronic billboards along the highway. The car was found abandoned just a few hours latter, and by around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday police had found Jones.
Flowers had recently lost her parental rights to Jones, and she and her boyfriend are now in custody.
The disappearance of Jones Friday triggered the first Amber Alert of the year. The Amber Alert is a public notification program that was started in 2002. Since the program was started an Amber Alert has been enacted 22 times.