Police: Amber Alert for Katori Smith cancelled


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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 11/17/2013 11:15 pm Published: 11/17/2013 7:28 pm


An Amber Alert was canceled Sunday over what could have been a custody dispute.

The alert went out for 1-year-old Katori Smith at about 6 p.m. Sunday, but was called off less than two hours later.

While some have accused police of issuing Sunday's Amber Alert too early, they say when it comes to a child's life, they have to take the necessary precautions.

The alert caused Charley Wilson's name to be all over television and computer screens.

Police initially said he took Smith from her mother at the McDonalds restaurant near Pine Street and Peoria Avenue.

"At that time there was an indication that the child might be in danger," said Tulsa Police Department public information officer Demita Kinard. "Subsequent information found that the child was no longer in danger and that this could be a custody issue more than a criminal issue," she added.

FOX23 went to the a house where Wilson and Smith are seen together often. Neighbors there were confused by the alert.

"He seems like a nice guy. We see him walking the little girl down the street," Jennifer Hill said. "We've never had any trouble with him at all."

When asked if they issued the alert too early, Kinard responded, "I don't believe any action can be taken too quickly. Those initial moments are critical."

Police said the investigation is ongoing but no arrests have been made at this time.


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Mayor Maynot - 11/17/2013 8:57 PM
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Hope both of the parents can decide to behave.
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