Wireless Amber Alert leads to safe return of child

6:35 PM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Amber Alert issued Wednesday for a missing Minneapolis child marked the first time the alerts were sent to Minnesota cell phones, and the first time in the nation the cell phone alert led to the safe return of a child.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued the Amber Alert after police determined 8-month-old Carlos Orozco was abducted from his south Minneapolis home around 12:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The baby's mother told police she left the child in a carseat in her apartment while she went to take a shower. When she got out, the child was gone.

Soon after police learned of the missing child, an Amber Alert was issued. It included information about a female acquaintance of the mother whom police believed to be involved. The alert included the woman's name and the type of car she was reportedly driving.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says a teenager who received the wireless Amber Alert spotted the vehicle in question. The teen told her father, who notified police.

Minneapolis police officers located the abducted child unharmed in the basement of the home where the vehicle was located. The woman was arrested outside of the home.

The Department of Public Safety says only newer phones are equipped to receive the wireless emergency alerts.

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