Police explain why Amber Alert wasn't issued for murdered baby

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 8:50pm

As police continue to investigate the disappearance and murder of five month-old Jackson Farrey, some questions are emerging about the investigation. Many are wondering why an Amber Alert was never issued for Jackson and his 17 month-old brother Blake, even though police always thought their lives were in danger.

We posed that question to police today. Spokesperson Darrel Petry told us, "That is information that we'll discuss at another time, but there are certain prerequisites for an Amber Alert."

He referred us to the Department of Public Safety, which lists this criteria for an Amber Alert.

1. Is this child 17 years of age or younger, whose whereabouts are unknown, and whose disappearance law enforcement has determined to be unwilling which poses a credible threat to the child's safety and health; and (i) if abducted by a parent or legal guardian, was the abduction in the course of an attempted murder or murder? OR is this child 13 years of age or younger, who was taken (willingly or unwillingly) without permission from the care and custody of a parent or legal guardian by: someone unrelated and more than three years older, or another parent or legal guardian who attempted or committed murder at the time of the abduction?

2. Is this child in immediate danger of sexual assault, death or serious bodily injury? Has a preliminary investigation verified the abduction and eliminated alternative explanations for the child's disappearance? Is sufficient information available to disseminate to the public to help locate the child, a suspect, or the vehicle used in the abduction?

Police did not say which criteria wasn't met.

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