Amber Alert Cancelled: 1-Year-Old Boy Found Safe – Mother Arrested

May 22, 2017
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An Amber Alert issued for a missing 1-year-old in Columbus has been canceled after Police say the boy was found safe.

The alert was issued after he went missing around 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Officers believed the boy was abducted by his non-custodial mother, 43-year-old Andrea Rhoades and he was believed to be in extreme danger.

The Columbus Police Department says the boy was found in the 3300 block of Sycamore Drive on Sunday.

Rhoades was taken into custody when she returned to the Sycamore Drive address around 9:15 a.m.

She was then taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, where she is now facing a charge of inference with custody.

According to an earlier release from the police department, Andrea was arrested less than a month ago for allegedly driving drunk with a child in the car. She was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement as well as possession of marijuana on April 24. It’s unclear whether any formal charges were ever filed.

The release says Columbus police received a call from a driver saying that Rhoades ran her car off the road several times and slammed on her brakes in a reported attempt to cause a crash.

The caller said that Rhoades stopped her vehicle and got out of the vehicle holding a child. Officers responding to the incident reported that Rhoades was “visibly upset” and that she refused to follow officer commands. She was then taken to jail after a blood test.

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