Four Amber Alerts were declared in our area recently in the space of one week.
But were all of them were necessary? That’s what WSBT is asking this week.
The first was issued out of Allen County on Sept. 26, ultimately ending in Elkhart with the discovery of two young children dead in the back of the car 29-year-old Amber Pasztor had been driving.
The next day, a 7 year-old girl was reported missing after being picked up from school by her non-custodial mother. She was found unharmed.
On Oct. 3, an Amber Alert was issued for a mother and baby in Hammond who were abducted by the baby’s father and later found safe in Illinois.
And on that same day, a 17 year-old girl from Sheridan went missing, believed to have been with a violent sex offender who had escaped from jail.
Before that week, Indiana hadn’t had more than one Amber Alert per year since 2010. There are very strict criteria that must be met for Amber Alerts, so they don’t lose their effectiveness. And each story met those protocols.