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Amber Alert canceled after boy found in Fayetteville

Posted August 19, 2013

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— Authorities canceled a statewide Amber Alert early Monday after a missing 10-year-old boy was found at his mother's house in Fayetteville.

The alert was issued for Symiir Issa Speaks, who went missing at about 6 p.m. Sunday in Charlotte. Authorities said he was with an unidentified black woman in a Chrysler minivan.

Azzam Pendleton, the boy's father, said Symiir was playing outside his house when someone in the minivan snatched him.

"I don't know exactly who was in the van. That's what police were trying to find out – if it was a relative that he knew, or if they just snatched him," Pendleton said.

Investigators in Charlotte said they believed the boy's disappearance might be part of a domestic dispute, but Pendleton said Symiir's mother doesn't own a vehicle.

Fayetteville Police said detective in Charlotte called them Sunday night asking them to check the mother's home in the Loch Lomand neighborhood. Officers found Symiir and his mother in the house.

The mother provided no resistance, police said, and no one was taken into custody.

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  • GALNC Aug 19, 2013

    JAT - GALNC - how do you know the mother didn't do exactly what she was supposed to and it was the father who made the false report trying to get the mother in trouble? I have a feeling the father knew exactly where the kid was.

    JAT - You are right..both parents need to be questioned and visitation presented to Police. This is often spelled out in a visitation agreement. It may have been the father knew..but either way...a waste of taxpayer money. Also, if these continue to be a way to cry wolf...people may ignore Amber Alert.

  • 678devilish Aug 19, 2013

    Mother and father needs to get themselves together for the sake of the child. If this kind of thing continues, then the Social Services should remove the child from both parents until the matter is settled. Parents like this need to remember that children are not yo-yos.

  • michaelclay Aug 19, 2013

    Obamacare saves lives and Karmageddon, this wasn't a false alarm. The father clearly stated that he did not see the person that grabed the child, he also stated that the mother didn't have a vehicle. Are you saying that he should have done nothing? Or are you saying that because the child was found with his mother that the alert should not have been issued? You know, there are parents out there that will and have injured and killed thier own children just to spite the other parent. I think the Amber Alert was warrented.

  • ThomasL Aug 19, 2013

    I wouldn't call them "false alarms"I would call them a way to get my little children on TV and the news...

  • FVHowler Aug 19, 2013

    Nauti-Dog: the problem is kids don't "come first" in many of the parents lives. Otherwise many of these false amber alerts never happen in the first place. Its a very good system for kids but not immune to mis-use by adults unfortunately.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Aug 19, 2013

    Our kids should ALWAYS come first over everything else. False alarm or not. If we all put the stock and time in our kids like we do all the petty stuff that doesn't matter, we might actually raise a generation of people capable of solving problems, working together and making things better. The issue there is that it involves foresight, sacrifice, and selflessness. All of which are in extremely short supply right now

  • FVHowler Aug 19, 2013

    "Want to talk about false alarms? I log on to the news website thinking I'm going to see news. Then more times than not, I see someone whining enough about the job ELECTED people are doing that they get themselves arrested, and call it progression. I'd rather see 10 false amber alerts versus that"

    Amen Nauti-dog. This moral monday bs is nothing but false alarms. That being said, there has been some serious mis-use of the amber alert system. Too many false alarms and people will start to ignore.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Aug 19, 2013

    Want to talk about false alarms? I log on to the news website thinking I'm going to see news. Then more times than not, I see someone whining enough about the job ELECTED people are doing that they get themselves arrested, and call it progression. I'd rather see 10 false amber alerts versus that

  • BBooth1 Aug 19, 2013

    It may have been domestic drama but the father stated the mother does not have a vehicle, but a van stopped and snatched his child from the front of the house. He did not know who was in the van. Even if he did know who had the child, but the mother is not allowed to have custody for some reason, then it would warrant an Amber alert because no one know what the mother planned to do with the child. If the mother was supposed to pick up the child and just never stopped to let the father know she was getting the child then yes it would have been an unnecessary Amber alert. There is not enough information to fully claim the alert was unnecessary.

  • NE Raleigh Aug 19, 2013

    "Surprise, another false alarm. How many more of these until people begin ignoring them altogether?"

    I do ignore them altogether.

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