The Halifax County Sheriff says Thursday night's Amber Alert was the result of a custody case in Campbell County. Sheriff Fred Clark says the parents of Alexis Carwile lost custody of the child in a court ruling Thursday.
Police say Jennifer Carwile and Eric Black took their daughter from a family member's home in Halifax County Thursday afternoon.
The couple lost custody of their daughter in court earlier that day.
An Amber Alert was issued after Social Services discovered the child was missing.
Police found Carwile and her daughter safe in Prince George's County, Maryland, this morning.
Officers stopped the father after his car was spotted near Richmond.
"Once this alert went out it was a UPS driver up on I-95 up near Richmond that got behind the vehicle that he had seen post on those DOT billboards,” Steve Cassada of the
Halifax County Sheriff's Office said. “So that just shows how well that works."
Social Services now has custody of the little girl.
Here is the complete news release from Sheriff Clark:
HALIFAX CO., Va. – Halifax County Sheriff Fred S. Clark is applauding the combined efforts of law enforcement, the public and the Virginia AMBER Alert program with the successful rescue of an abducted Campbell County infant.
“I particularly want to commend the UPS driver in Chesterfield County for being alert to the VDOT highway message boards and making such an effort to look for the suspect vehicle,” Sheriff Clark said. “The Virginia AMBER Alert program played a critical role in helping us find this endangered little girl. The program’s rapid dissemination of information to the public statewide combined with someone acting upon that information is what successfully resolved this situation.”
“Halifax County also recognizes the superior efforts of our county personnel for their dedication to finding little Alexis and bringing her home safely,” said Chad Loftis, Deputy Coordinator of Halifax County Emergency Services. “We also thank the Prince Georges County, Md., Police and the Virginia State Police for their valuable assistance.”
On Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, the Campbell County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court awarded custody of Alexis Rose Carwile, 1, of Campbell County, Va., to the county’s Department of Social Services. The child’s parents, Eric E. Black and Jennifer D. Carwile, refused to comply with the court order and abducted the child Thursday afternoon from a residence in Halifax County, Va. The 1-year-old girl had been staying in Halifax County with a relative.
The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the abduction and requested the Virginia State Police activate the Virginia A.M.B.E.R. Alert system. A statewide A.M.B.E.R. Alert was initiated late Thursday, which activates the Emergency Alert Broadcast system and digital highway signs with information about the abducted child and suspect vehicle (For more information, click on http://www.vaamberalert.com).
At 4:11 a.m. Friday (Nov. 16, 2012), Chesterfield County, Va. Police received a 911 call from a UPS driver about a vehicle with the same license plate traveling southbound on Interstate 95. The call was transferred to Virginia State Police and the UPS driver was able to follow the suspect vehicle at a safe distance as it continued southbound on I-95 until troopers could get in position to make a traffic stop.
Troopers stopped the 1985 Nissan on Interstate 95 southbound at the 41 mile marker in Prince George County, Va. The driver, Eric E. Black, 41, of Halifax, Va., was taken into custody without incident. He is currently being held at Riverside Regional Jail in Hopewell, Va., without bond.
Through the course of the investigation and with the assistance of the Prince Georges County, Md. Police Department, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office was able to safely locate the abducted infant and mother at a residence in Prince Georges County, Md., at approximately 6:30 a.m. Friday (Nov. 16, 2012). Jennifer Carwile, 35, of Campbell County, Va., was taken into custody without incident. Alexis R. Carwile is now in protective custody.