Amber Alert Lifted for 10-Year-Old Rio Hondo Boy
UPDATE (10:30 AM): The Texas State Operations Center discontinued the Amber Alert for 10-year-old Angel Jesus Jimenez De La Cruz as of 10:15 a.m.
Further details in the case have not been released but Rio Hondo ISD told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the child is safe in the custody of his mother.
Despite being located on an international border and the child listed as "grave" or "immediate" danger by the SOC, you may have noticed you did not receive an Amber Alert notification on your cellphone.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is in charge of activating these alerts, according to the Department of Public Safety.
NCMEC told CHANNEL 5 NEWS each state makes their own criteria for when those alerts get sent to your phone. The state agency's website shows in Texas, "capable devices will receive a text-like message if unique vehicle identifiers (such as license plates, etc) are available."
In this case, the license plate number was stated as "unknown" on the issued alert.
The Amber Alert for the 10-year-old was put out late Thursday evening, hours after the incident. A regional alert that covers the Rio Hondo area was not sent out.
We're working to figure out why it wasn't issued.
RIO HONDO – An Amber Alert was initiated out of the Rio Hondo area for a 10-year-old boy who was abducted.
The alert was issued at midnight for Angel Jesus Jimenez De La Cruz. Police said the boy is believed to be in grave or immediate danger.
He’s described as 4-foot 7-inches tall, weighing 100 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.
Rio Hondo ISD police said the suspect is an unknown Hispanic woman who was driving a gray or silver newer Ford four-door car with unknown plates.
The school district said in a press release they confirmed the woman to be the boy's mother. They also said they learned it, "surrounds a domestic dispute and the student remains with his mother."
They were reportedly last seen in the Rio Hondo area.
Anyone with information on Angel’s whereabouts, you’re asked to call Rio Hondo ISD police at 238-0006.
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