MONROE, Ohio (WDTN) – 2-year-old Nolan G. Myers is safe, but it took an Amber Alert to find him after police say his mother, Melissa Myers, 35, abducted her own son.
Officials have since filed a warrant for Myers pending her release from the hospital for evaluations. She faces 3 misdemeanor charges.
Despite initial reports from the boy’s grandfather that Myers intended to harm the two, officials didn’t initially issue an Amber Alert.
Centerville police first issued an endangered missing child alert. Once they decided the mother made serious threats against the boy, the officers decided to change the status of this case.
A breakthrough was first made when a bystander noticed a vehicle matching the official description.
2 NEW obtained that dispatch:
CALLER: Question for ya. I seen an amber alert this morning for Centerville. Uh, do you remember that license plate number?
DISPATCHER: Uh yeah, let me take a look here. I have the information right here. Let’s see. It is Frank William John FWJ- 2295.
CALLER: That car is sitting up here at the Best Western Monroe.
DISPATCHER: It is? CALLER: Yes sir.”
The phone call from Stephen Mattsield ended the Amber Alert and Officer John Davis said that is the outcome his team always hopes for.
“This is the best case scenario in a situation like this. Obviously, we’d like for it to never happen however the Amber Alert worked,” said Davis.
However, the alert was issued under unique circumstances.
The alarm is typically issued when a non-family member abducts a child who faces serious harm or death.
2 NEWS spoke with Captain Rob Jackson about the criteria for issuing these alarms.
“Well, from what we hear from Centerville police, first of all Ohio is a home rule state so the local police or sheriff with jurisdiction is the one that makes the decision to enter an Amber Alert or not and that’s typically based on the state criteria in this case we had been advised that they had gotten a message from the suspect that she was going to jump off a bridge and drown her son,” said Jackson, a chair with the Ohio Amber Alert Advisory Committee.
That threat prompted the change, but not without meeting three specifics to issue the alert:
- Confirmation the child is under 18.
- Belief that the abduction presents a credible threat of immediate danger.
- Enough information about the child or circumstance that make issuing the alert effective.
Captain Rob Jackson said the sheriff’s office met all three and acted against a tight deadline.
Jackson said if an abductor intends to kill a child, it happens within the first three hours.
If officials did not raise this to an Amber Alert, they would not have used the emergency alert system which immediately interupts programming and sends messages through your radio and TV.