NJ clarifies Amber Alerts can be used in family abductions

    Changes come in response to case of infant thrown off bridge by father

    New Jersey authorities have revised guidelines for the state’s Amber Alert system.

    The revision in the system which broadcasts emergency alerts following child abductions comes in response to some confusion among law enforcement agencies about when an Amber Alert is needed.
    Attorney General Paula Dow is now making it clear those alerts can be issued in domestic custody disputes.

    “An Amber Alert may be activated by the State Police in a case involving an abduction by a family member when there is reason to believe that the child may be in danger of death or serious bodily harm.”

    Dow says she does not believe an Amber Alert would have made a difference in the case of a 3 month old girl who was allegedly abducted by her father and thrown from the Driscoll Bridge in February. But authorities say those alerts can help get the public’s assistance in locating abducted children.

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