An Amber Alert for a 2-year-old that was reported missing from Texas has been reunited with family members after authorities found the child in Santa Rosa, New Mexico.
On Nov. 20, 2018, the Burkburnett Police Department responded to a KOA campground in response to a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian.
Burkburnett Police say the incident resulted from a custody battle over a 2-year-old child between the child’s mother, Christina Downing, and the child’s father, Michael Smith.
The 2-year-old Eli Smith and Downing were living in Texas, while Smith lived in California.
Police say Smith allegedly drove from California to Texas to attempt to take the child.
Following a heated encounter, Smith allegedly tried to take the child by force and then attempted to leave in a black Saturn Vue driven by Smith’s friend, Robin Golden.
As Downing and the child’s grandmother, Cassandra Thompson, tried to stop the pair from taking the 2-year-old, police say Thompson was then run down by the car, which resulted in serious injuries.
Burkburnett Police then issued an Amber Alert for the child, which led them to Santa Rosa, New Mexico where they found the child, the suspects and the vehicle.
The suspects were arrested for felony aggravated assault with a motor vehicle and felony hit-and-run.
The child was reunited with family members.