LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police now say an internal error caused an Amber Alert to be sent out twice – but they say they aren’t responsible any additional alerts that some people received.
The Wireless Emergency Alerts were sent late Wednesday night in connection to a kidnapping in Paradise, Mich. where two men were accused of taking a 5-year-old boy from his home.
On Friday, MSP explained why the alert went out at 11:44 p.m. and then again at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday.
The MSP authorizes and sends out public safety-related alerts to emergency-enabled mobile devices. When it comes to sending Amber Alerts, their procedure includes coordinating with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send the alert in case it’s not limited to the state of Michigan.
In Wednesday’s case, the MSP says an MSP employee made an error, which caused both the MSP and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send the same alert. They apologized for that error and say procedures are in place so it doesn’t happen again.
24 Hour News 8 received multiple reports from people who received more than the two alerts, well after the Amber Alert was canceled. In some cases, people were still receiving copies of the original alert on Thursday afternoon.
Because the additional alerts did not go out to all devices, the MSP said it doesn’t believe those additional alerts were their fault. Rather, the problem may have been specific to certain devices or wireless carriers.