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ANNISTON, AL (WBRC) -
UPDATE - 12:38 p.m. Anniston Police say what started at a missing child and Amber Alert case has turned into a custody battle.
Police say five-year-old Michiri Dabney is with his father in Kankakee, Ill., a city about an hour outside of Chicago. Illinois authorities located Dabney and say he is fine and safe.
Dabney was reported missing by his mother around 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, which prompted an Amber Alert. Police say his mother withheld a key piece of information in the investigation: that she and Dabney's father were in a custody battle for their son.
Police say Dabney's father filed for custody in Illinois. Dabney's mother failed to appear at an important hearing held in May, so police say Dabney's father was granted full custody.
Anniston police are still not sure whether or not Dabney's father or someone else may have taken Dabney from his mother's home in Anniston.
Lieutenant Fred Forsythe with Anniston PD says Dabney's father could face charges, or whoever may have taken Dabney could be charged.
Dabney's mother has not been charged, but could also face charges in the case. Possible charges include obstruction of justice or filing a false police report. Anniston police say they will let the Calhoun County District Attorney determine whether or not Dabney's mother or father should be charged.
UPDATE - 10:19 a.m.: Anniston PD says Michiri Dabney is in his father's custody in Illinois and this case is now a custody case.
UPDATE - 9:55 a.m.: The mother of Michiri Daquae Dabney told us that her son with his dad and she could face charges. This is right after she finished speaking with police. Stay with this story for more info.
ORIGINAL STORY: An Amber Alert was issued Sunday night for Michiri Daquae Dabney. He was last seen around 5 p.m. on the 2000 block of Duncan Avenue in Anniston. The area is also known as Park Wynn Homes.
There is no obvious police presence in the neighborhood this morning. Anniston Police tell Fox6 that the main investigator on the case will be available at 9 a.m. The person answering the phone at the police department didn't know if there is an active search going on at another location.
Michiri's mother, Lynette Davis, said in an interview with Melanie Posey this morning that he son is a handful.
"He is very smart, very funny. I don't know... I don't know why anyone would take him. And I know he is looking for me where ever he is because I never leave him," Lynette Davis added.
Lynette is pleading for her son's return, "Please give me my son back because it's killing me."
Michiri was playing with his cousin, Qwazonne Greathouse, when he was abducted. Qwazonne said the pair were playing hide and seek just before Michiri was kidnapped.
"I saw a man pull up in a white and black van. He got out and started chasing after us. And Michiri slipped and he got out and he ran over there and picked him up," Qwazonne told Fox6's Melanie Posey this morning. "I kept running and I told my momma."
Police say they're looking for a black male driving a medium-sized white van. Police say the van has multiple black stripes on the rocker panels. At least one witness tells FOX6 News the van looked like a later, 2007-2010 model year. So far, no one has been able to narrow down a make or model.
Police say Dabney and an eight year old child were playing on the block when the man got out of the van.
"The two children ran from the scene, the five year old fell down. The black male grabbed the child, put the child in the van and left the scene," says Lt. Wayne Willis.
A neighbor, Fred Cunningham, said he spotted the van apparently minutes, possibly even seconds, after the abduction.
"There's a van parked about three to four feet from the stop sign there, which is normally unusual," Cunningham recalled, "and I directed my daughter to look at his tag. We were just kidding and joking, didn't pay it any real good attention but just kind of watched them."
Cunningham says, and police agree, the Park Wynn Homes area is a normally quiet neighborhood.
"This is a quiet neighborhood, you don't ever have issues like this, this is something new. I'm not, it's just something I'm not used to. You never get used to a child being abducted, it's something you can't get used to," he says.
Anniston Police called in all available personnel Sunday night to search for the child and the van, treating it, as Willis put it, as "a full scale event."
"Everyone that's available to come in is here whether they're scheduled to work or not," Willis says. "Our SRT team has been mobilized, and everyone we have is on the street right now, following up on leads, and checking areas in the city."
Willis says many officers are combing the areas on foot, and others are patrolling in cars, both around the scene and at various parks and hotels.
Willis says the police have tried to run down every lead they can find, and encourage anyone with information they think may be helpful, to call the police at 256-238-1800.