Missing Mississauga boy found safe; Amber Alert cancelled
Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Thursday, April 25, 2019 2:55PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:34PM EDT
A Mississauga boy, who was the subject of an Amber Alert on Thursday, has been found safe, Peel Regional Police said.
The young boy was last seen at his Mississauga school on Wednesday afternoon and was believed to be in the company of his mother at the time.
An Amber Alert was issued for the boy at around 5 p.m. The alert was later cancelled at around 7 p.m. after police said the boy and his mother were found safe near Chatham-Kent.
“As a direct result of the Amber Alert someone recognized them and contacted police so this is exactly why we have Amber Alerts so we have a really good ending to something that was really frightening,” Const. Heather Cannon told CP24 after the young boy was located.
“(The boy) is in really good health and we are trying to get him back to the region and get him with his dad and we are just really thanking the public, the media, everybody for really keeping an eye on this and so glad the end result was exactly what we wanted.”
Cannon said they are still investigating the details of what led to the issuance of the Amber Alert.
“We are still continuing the investigation and to try and answer some of the questions that I’m sure a lot of people have due to this case but ultimately we have the information that we wanted – he’s safe, he’s health and he’ll be coming home.”
The Amber Alert was issued after the boy’s father reported him missing at around 9:30 a.m. after his mother failed to return home with him on Wednesday.
Const. Akhil Mooken said that he “can’t speak to the thought process of the father” and doesn’t know why he waited to contact police.
The father and the mother are married and live together at an address in Mississauga with the young boy, Mooken said.
Cannon said she is “not aware at this moment” of any charges the mother may face in this case.
“The investigation is going to continue and at this point it is still really early on and I think we are looking at all avenues at this point,” she said.
“If we do happen to lay charges we will let the public know that.”