ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – A 5-year-old girl’s aunt has been charged after an AMBER Alert was issued Wednesday after the child disappeared.
The alert was cancelled less than one hour after Virginia State Police sent a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) to cell phones around Virginia.
Olivia N. Dallas, 22, of Orange, Va., was charged with one felony count of abduction and one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle. She is being held at the Accomack County Jail.
State police said that within minutes of issuing the AMBER Alert, their Chesapeake communications center received more than a dozen phone calls from the public about a woman and young girl fitting the description on the Eastern Shore.
A state trooper spotted the Mercedes stopped on the southbound shoulder of Route 13 near Painter, Va. in Accomack County.
“Olivia was in the driver’s seat and Amiyah was seated inside the vehicle,” state police wrote.
A state trooper spotted Dallas’ vehicle while on patrol in Accomack County.
The alert was issued one day after Dallas was last seen in Orange County, some 225 miles from Accomack County.
Based on their investigation, police believed Amiyah “could be in imminent danger.”
Amiyah was last seen with her aunt Olivia, police said. She had “a history of depression and drug use,” according to Vaamberalert.com.