Amber Alert Canceled After Toddler Found Dead In River

On Tuesday, Gainesville police discovered an infant’s body in a car submerged in the Red River. According to police, the man who was found at the scene was arrested.

An Amber Alert had been issued early Tuesday morning for Lyrik Brown, 3, who was reported missing from Gainesville.

Amber Alert Canceled After Toddler Found Dead In River
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She was believed to have been kidnapped by her father, Jeremy Brown, 30.

Gainesville police received information on Tuesday afternoon on their location according to a Facebook post.

Officers were dispatched to the Red River at Interstate 35 where they found Jeremy Brown in the river next to an overturned vehicle that was submerged in the water.

Amber Alert Canceled After Toddler Found Dead In River
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Authorities pulled the car from the river and discovered an infant’s body in a car seat.

Police said Lyrik’s family has been notified and positive identification is pending.

Jeremy Brown was taken into custody on the warrant issued earlier in the day.

Amber Alert Canceled After Toddler Found Dead In River
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The AMBER Alert System began in 1996 when broadcasters from Dallas-Forth Worth teamed up with local police to develop an early warning system to aid in finding abducted children.

AMBER stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response and was created as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then brutally murdered.

As of May 2020, 988 children have been rescued specifically because of AMBER Alert.

With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.