PETERSBURG, Va (WRIC) — A four-year old Petersburg girl is back home with her mother after police say she was abducted Wednesday.
An AMBER Alert was issued for Kaleya Ketter after she was abducted by her father, but 8News has heard from many viewers who asked why the AMBER Alert notice never showed up on cell phones.
Virginia State Police and local law enforcement tells 8News that they disseminated all the information they had to the public. That information included a name of the suspects and even a car description; however, the family wasn’t able to give police a license plate number for the get-away vehicle.
According to VSP, because that key piece of information was unavailable, the AMBER Alert was not sent to phone companies. State police officials say that’s a rule the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) set up.
Police say the suspect, Phillip Ketter, eventually turned himself in to Charlotte law enforcement.
Law enforcement in the Commonwealth are trying to extradite Ketter to Virginia.
Less than 12 hours after Kaleya Ketter was taken from her Petersburg home, she was reunited with her mother and family. 8News was there when the pair got back together.
“I don’t have enough room in my heart to hold that pain or hold that grudge, so my baby’s back home, that’s all that matters, I’m happy,” Dyeisha Tucker, Kaleya’s mother told 8News anchor, Ava-joye Burnett.
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