KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — Police credited tips sparked by an Amber Alert for quickly leading them to a 4-year-old girl Tuesday.
The girl was found safe around 3:40 p.m. with her mother at their home in the area of 44th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue SE.
Capt. Bryan Litwin said the Kentwood Police Department got a call from the child’s maternal grandmother around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The grandmother said her daughter had threatened to kill herself and her kids.
When police went to the woman’s house, they found it empty. One of the woman’s children was with the grandmother and two others were at school, but there was no sign of the mother and 4-year-old.
Police decided to issue an Amber Alert. It went out around 2:30 p.m., hitting many smartphones statewide just before 3 p.m.
Tips started coming in right away, Litwin said. That led officers to the mother’s car, which was about a mile from the home. Other witnesses said they had seen the mother walking toward her home with a stoller. Police went back to the house and found the pair unharmed.
The mother was hospitalized for a mental health evaluation.
Litwin said that when he spoke to the little girl, she was well, smiling and laughing. All four children were placed in the granmother’s care, police said.
Litwin thanked the public for their quick response to the Amber Alert.