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Glitch in Amber Alert system prevented phone notifications

The child was found safe in Indianapolis Saturday, but no one got the alert on their phones.

Posted: Mar 18, 2019 10:13 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2019 5:58 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne Police detectives are working to figure out what lead to an Amber Alert over the weekend.

The child was found safe in Indianapolis Saturday, but no one got the alert on their phones.

Police said Leanna Herron, 5, was taken from an apartment just off South Anthony Saturday afternoon.

Police said her non-custodial father Zyair Herron took her at gunpoint and drove to Indianapolis where he was picked up.

The Indiana State Police said there was a glitch in the system preventing the notification.

That is why they use several methods to get the message out, including press releases, INDOT message boards and the National Center for Missing and Exploited children.

"All in an attempt to blast that message out as quickly and efficiently as possible to try to find that missing and endangered individual," said Sgt. Ron Galaviz, Indiana State Police spokesman.

Galaviz said the alerts come from the state police in Indianapolis and someone is working to fix the system.

Police tell FOX 55 Herron was arrested on a warrant out of Indy.

Fort Wayne detectives are still looking at what was reported and what actually happened to determine if he will face any charges related to the Amber Alert.

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