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Amber Alert Canceled for Two Washington Boys

The boys were recovered in Salem.

(SALEM, Ore.) - The State of Washington canceled an Amber Alert Wednesday afternoon after two boys were found safe in Salem, Oregon, and their father taken into custody. The children are being reunited with their mother.

Washington issued the Amber Alert Wednesday morning after two boys were abducted from their home at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma.

They were believed to be headed to Oregon.

The two Washington boys were four and five-year old brothers.

The suspect is Allen Fish.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Lewis Police Department at 253-967-7112 or dial 911

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Bob November 22, 2010 3:26 pm (Pacific time)

Let's second guess an amber alert when 1. The parents were just to simply return to court two weeks later to decide on the facts. 2. The presiding judge called for the Amber Alert.

adam March 19, 2010 11:40 am (Pacific time)

he caught his wife cheating on him so he took the kids, he still had his custodial rights, all he did was violate restraining order. I know the family, william and daniel need to get their facts straight

William March 17, 2010 8:22 pm (Pacific time)

Well, if a child is abducted from its home without the consent of the custodial parent or legal guardian it is still kidnapping, even if the the abductor is a biological parent. If this person has lost parental custody of the child(ren) there is probably a reason for it. The 'best interest of the child(ren)' is a two sided coin that should be resolved without putting the child(ren) through the trauma of being kidnapped and forced from their home by either parent, or anybody else, if that is the case. An abduction is still an abduction no matter who is resposible or no matter the reason.

Daniel Johnson March 17, 2010 4:36 pm (Pacific time)

I agree completely with Dean Fuller on this. The vast majority of so-called "abductions" are custody disputes and in most, if not virtually all, situations, the parent has the children's interests at heart. I think it is our responsibility as journalists to responsibly question Amber Alerts, most of which are just an extension of the fear-mongering that the government wishes to impose on the citizenry--e.g. 911. In this particular case it sounds like a father attempting to reclaim his biological children. I don't know if I am correct, but if the children are in danger with him, weren't they in danger with him when the couple was together? Where do we draw the line? It just seems to me that on either side, the children are always the ones who are pawns and that the so-called law "trumps" the fundamental interests of the children. In this sense we are no better than the Islamists we critize--children are property.

Ceres March 17, 2010 2:29 pm (Pacific time)

Thank you for posting this. The amber alert texts are not as specific.

Dean Fuller March 17, 2010 1:58 pm (Pacific time)

I'm tired of civil child custody disputes being called "abductions." And to not even identify the so-called suspect as their father? Which he most likely is? Unconscionable!

Editor: Oh, should we start second guessing Amber Alerts?  I don't think so Dean; consider what you are suggesting.

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