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Amber Alert issued for Statesville boy

Posted May 11, 2009

Amber Alert

— Authorities issued a North Carolina Amber Alert late Monday for James Ashley Harris. The 3-year-old child was abducted from Signal Hill Mall in Statesville, police said.

Harris is African-American, approximately 3 feet tall and weighs 40 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Harris was last seen wearing a gray and black shirt, blue jeans and a green and gold jacket.

Police said they believe Harris' mother, Kira Leneshia Shaw-Wright, 28, took him from the mall Monday. The boy was there shopping with his grandparents.

Shaw-Wright is described as an African-American woman, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 100 pounds. She has long black hair, brown eyes and a medium skin tone. She was last seen wearing an orange and black skirt and a white jacket.

Harris is believed to be in danger and possibly traveling to Atlanta with Shaw-Wright, police said. No vehicle information was available Monday evening.

If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406, or call 911 or *HP.


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  • shortcake53 May 12, 2009

    Just because shes his mother does not mean she is stable or a safe person for the child to be with. Courts dont take away a mothers rights for no reason. This child could be in serious danger, do not be so quick to say its "just a custody dispute".

  • 2beachy4u May 12, 2009

    They should continue to use amber alerts for things of this nature. If the parent is not supposed to have the child for a court-ordered reason, then I am sure there is just cause behind this. Besides, why would she take him and flee if she was allowed to see him? If my ex took our child, I sure hope they would use the amber alert to help locate them for me. The bottom line is it is all about the well-being of the child.

  • bill0 May 12, 2009

    They really need to stop using Amber alerts in custody disputes. This little boy is with his mother. Eventually, amber alerts are going to be like car alarms and nobody will pay attention to them anymore.