Amber Alert! Child Snatched! Interstate Manhunt! Five Year Old Boy Abducted While Playing in Front Yard! Police Investigating! Mother Distraught!
It’s pretty lurid stuff. It’s every parent’s nightmare, and it’s all right here (Anniston Star, 8/13/12). It’s just not what you think.
Little Michiri Zaquae Dabney, age five, was indeed playing in his front yard in Anniston, Alabama with a cousin when a white van with a black stripe pulled up. A man got out and took the little boy away leaving the cousin behind. His mother, crazed with fear, notified the police who immediately issued an Amber Alert and two separate investigations.
Anniston police Lt. Fred Forsythe said police had run “two concurrent investigations” from the time they learned of the possible kidnapping. Some investigators looked at possible scenarios in which a family member was the abducter. Others were working the case based on the assumption that Dabney didn’t know his kidnapper…
[The boy's mother Lynette] Davis told police Sunday that sometime after 5:15 p.m. Dabney was abducted from a yard near their home in the 2000 block of Duncan Avenue…While investigators were talking to the mother, anxious friends and family members crowded the Police Department lobby, spilling outside, while waiting for any news. Tabatha Best was at the police station after participating most of the night in a community-wide search party, she said.“We all formed an extended family since yesterday,” she said of the 30 or so people waiting at the police station.
But Forsythe said police received court documents from Kankakee, Ill. that said Dabney’s father, Michael Dabney, had won a custody court case in April. The documents said Davis was supposed to be present for the trial, but never came…“There was some misinformation, and some information that was not forthcoming,” Forsythe said. “If we had known that from the start, it would have changed the way we investigated this case.”Forsythe said it was too early to tell if charges would be pressed against the mother, and said the decision would be up to the district attorney.