According to the Detriot Police Department, authorities are still looking for the 4-month-old baby girl who was abducted by her father at gunpoint.
On December 24, Christmas Eve, Fox 2 reports that 4-month-old A’miyah Jones was taken around 2:00 p.m.
A’miyah was under her mother’s care visiting family members when the infant’s father, 22-year-old JaQuan Jones, barged into the residence unannounced along with his twin brother.
According to Fox 2, once Jones got inside the home, he took out a gun, grabbed his daughter from her mother’s arms, and fled in “an unknown direction.”
Police still have yet to locate A’miyah or her father. They believe Jones is traveling in a blue Chrysler 200.
However, despite believing A’miyah was abducted by her father, an Amber Alert has not been issued for the infant.
According to Michigan State Police, even though an Amber Alert was never requested, authorities say A’miyah’s case doesn’t match the requirements needed to issue an alert.
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As Fox 2 reported, in 2017, Michigan tightened up their standards for Amber Alerts:
Effective, January 1, 2017, AMBER Alerts will only be issued for cases of child abductions, involving victims under the age of 18, but all AMBER Alerts will receive a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA). A vehicle license plate number is no longer required for a WEA.
Previously, in addition to abducted children, AMBER Alerts were authorized for missing children with severe mental or physical disabilities who wandered away and were unable to care for themselves.
“Any time a child goes missing, it’s an urgent situation and we should all pay attention; however, in the case of child abductions the urgency is even greater,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “By tightening the standards for issuing an AMBER Alert we will ensure these alerts are utilized in only the most dire of circumstances to get credible, useful information out to the public in order to bring abducted children home safely.”
Missing child cases that don’t meet the revised AMBER Alert criteria will be eligible for a new notification called an Endangered Missing Advisory, for which there is no age restriction. The Endangered Missing Advisory is a notice sent to broadcast and print media in the geographic area of the incident, but unlike an AMBER Alert, this advisory does not utilize the Emergency Alert System to interrupt broadcasting and it will not be sent to mobile devices as a WEA.
However, per authorities, the infant’s case also did not meet requirements for an Endangered Missing Advisory, either.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of either JaQuan Jones or his daughter, A’miyah, is asked to call the Police Department’s Third Precinct at 313-596-1300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP.