Amber Alert canceled, mom of 4-year-old turns self in

September 18, 2010 4:58:34 PM PDT
An Amber Alert issued for a 4-year-old boy who was apparently abducted from a babysitter's residence in southern Shiloh, Ill., has been called off after his mother turned herself in to police in Ohio.Four-year-old Isayah J. Meza, was abducted at 8:15 a.m. Saturday from the residence of a babysitter at 229 Venus Dr., according to the Amber Alert website. The suspect is listed as the child's "non-custodial" mother, Michelle L. Meza, according to the site.

As of 5 p.m., Meza had turned herself in to police in Dayton, Ohio, and both she and the boy are safe and in custody, according to a release from the Shiloh police department.

The St. Clair (Ill.) County State's Attorney's office is reviewing the incident to determine if criminal charges will be brought in the case, the release said.

Shiloh police Capt. Garry McGill said the woman, who is his biological mother, does not have custody of Isayah, who was taken shortly after his father dropped him off at the home when the child's biological mother came over unannounced.

"There was a verbal confrontation. There was some cussing that took place in Spanish. Somebody did tell her that she couldn't take the child, but she grabbed the child from the babysitter,'' McGill said.

Others besides the babysitter were present at the time and saw the abduction.

There is an active order of protection issued for the mother, that was to protect the child from contact with her, he said.

Police had been seeking a light brown or tan Chevrolet Blazer with an Ohio license plate of FAA 7319, and they earlier said the mother and a man with her were possibly on their way to 243 S. Findlay in Dayton, Ohio, with the boy.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2009.)


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