Maine Police Looking for a Mother Named in a Recent Amber Alert
A woman who's alleged abduction of her 11-year-old child sparked a statewide Amber Alert is still wanted by the police.
Who is the Mother and What are the Charges Against Her ?
Jaiden 'Jade' Morrison, 11, was allegedly abducted by her biological mother, 29-year-old Danielle Dyer, during a supervised visit on Sunday with the child's DHHS foster care guardians. When the incident was reported, Topsham Police requested that Maine State Police issue an Amber Alert just before 9:00 pm and an arrest warrant was issued for Dyer, charging her with criminal restraint by a parent. Investigators used her cellphone data to track her phone to the area of Horton Street in Lewiston shortly after 9:30 pm, but they were unable to locate Dyer or Morrison. The Oxford County Sheriff's Department issued the missing person teletype at 9:46 p.m.
What Was the Timeline for the Amber Alert?
Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss says investigators learned that Dyer suffers from substance use disorder and that she would likely be traveling to Lewiston to buy drugs. At 10:46 pm, the Amber Alert system was activated in Maine. 13 minutes later, at 10:59 pm, the Augusta Regional Communications Center got a call from a woman advising that Dyer had left Jaiden with her at her Auburn apartment. Officers with Auburn Police picked Jaiden up at 11:06 pm and found her to be unharmed. At 11:07 pm, the Amber Alert was cancelled.
At this time, Danielle Dyer still has an active warrant for her arrest. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Topsham Police Department at 207-725-4337.
How Do Police Determine That an Amber Alert is Appropriate?
Amber Alerts are activated when the following three situations exist:
- A child 17 years or younger is abducted.
- There is a reason to believe the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
- There is information available to disseminate to the general public which could assist in the safe recovery of the child and/or the apprehension of a suspect.
In this case, all three priorities were met since Jaiden is 11-years-old, was abducted by her mother who has a drug problem, and since officials believed friends in the Lewiston/Auburn area may have information that could lead to the child being recovered.