Police Issue Endangered Child Alert for 3 Missing Children Taken by Non-Custodial Parents

By Venus Upadhayaya, Epoch Times
July 10, 2019 Updated: July 11, 2019

An endangered child alert has been issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for three young children who are said to have been taken away by their non-custodial parents.

The authorities sought help in locating the children and said they are most likely with their non-custodial parents, Amanda Essex, 25 and Michale Darrel Christian, 48.

“The children are believed to be with their non-custodial parents, who are wanted for custodial interference,” the TBI said in a message on Twitter.

Tennessee’s Missing Children list mentions the children as 6-year-old Analia Essex, 2-year-old Abigail Christian, and 1-year-old Michale Christian. No clothing descriptions have been given.

The children and their parents were last seen in Van Buren County on July 9 and the TBI said they looked to be traveling to Minnesota in a white SUV.

Those with information can call the Maury County Sheriff’s Office at 931-388-5151, or 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Missing Children in the United States

According to the FBI, there were 424,066 entries for missing children in the National Crime Information Center and 464,324 in 2017, reported the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

NCMEC’s national toll-free hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678) received 4.8 million calls for missing children in the past 35 years and helped in the recovery of 296,000 missing children.

There are always those missing children who are never located or are found months, years, or even decades later. There are cases of missing children in the United States that have remained unsolved in the past many years.

In one case on Oct. 4, 2011, Baby Lisa Irwin went missing from her crib in Kansas City, Missouri. The 10-month-old was checked by her mother, Deborah Bradley, the previous night at 10:30 p.m. Her father, Jeremy Irwin, later discovered she was missing when he came back home from a late-night shift at 4 a.m.

According to ABC News, no arrests have been made in the case and Irwin is still missing. Irwin, who is blue-eyed and blond-haired, would have turned 8 on Nov. 11, 2018.

There have also been rare cases, such as that of the three children who went missing for 11 years and shocked the country when they were reunited with their families on May 6, 2013.

Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 27, and Michele Knight, 32, were abducted in 2002 and got free after one of them escaped their abductor who had held them in a Cleveland home, reported ABC News.

What to Do if a Child Goes Missing?

For anyone that needs help with a child gone missing, Safe Wise suggests the following actions:

You should call law enforcement as soon as possible instead of spending time looking for the child yourself. There’s no waiting time for children below 18 years of age and the child’s name will be added to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File immediately. A Be On the Look Out (BOLO) alert will be sent to all nearby police jurisdictions.

Present facts about your missing child in an organized way so that authorities can do their work swiftly. Keep a picture of the child that clearly shows the child’s distinguishable characteristics.

After law enforcement agencies have been notified, you can start looking for the child in your vicinity.

Make sure you are available to coordinate with law enforcement in the search efforts in the next 48 hours—this period is very critical.

Once you have informed the local authorities, they can also contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) who can assist you and the authorities in your search.

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