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On Thursday, June 21, 2007 at approximately 4:20 PM the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) activated an Amber Alert at the request of the Eau Claire Police Department to assist in locating a missing child.
The Eau Claire Police Department requested an Amber Alert after a six year old girl, Allie Brummond, was allegedly abducted by her non-custodial father, Gerald J. Brummond. The child was considered by authorities to be in danger. Brummond was wanted for domestic violence battery to the victim's mother and had abducted the child as a threat to the mother to clear him of a restraining order that she had filed against Brummond. Brummond repeatedly refused pleas from the child's mother and authorities to release the child.
After the Amber Alert was activated, Eau Claire authorities immediately began to receive calls from the community providing them with information on the whereabouts of the suspect, his vehicle and the child. The suspect, who was aware of the Amber Alert, contacted authorities and agreed to turn the child over to a family member. At approximately 5:45 PM, Allie's grandmother, who had met with the suspect, returned Allie safe to her home. At approximately 9:00 PM, authorities located Brummond after receiving a report that Brummond had overdosed on medication. Brummond was taken to an Eau Claire area hospital. Brummond faces multiple charges, including Interfering with the Custody of a Child and Domestic Violence-Battery.
"I am grateful to the Eau Claire Police Department, Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department, the personnel at our Division of Criminal Investigation, and to all our Amber Alert partners in law enforcement and the media for their work in successfully activating and resolving this Amber Alert," Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. "An endangered child is now safe. Since the start of Wisconsin's Amber Alert program in 2003, fifteen children in danger have been successfully recovered after an Amber Alert activation. This most recent activation exemplifies how Amber Alerts can result in the safe recovery of an abducted child thanks to alert citizens and our media partners."
Wisconsin's Amber Alert Program is a collaborative partnership between law enforcement agencies, other state agencies, and broadcasters to alert the general public when a child is abducted. Partners to the program include the Wisconsin Broadcasters, Dane County 911, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Wisconsin Lottery, and the Outdoor Advertising Association of Wisconsin.
When an alert is activated, radio and television stations interrupt programming with an emergency tone similar to the one used to warn about severe weather conditions utilizing the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The EAS provides a rapid response in the search of an abducted child. When a warning alert is activated, the community becomes aware of the abduction, providing law enforcement with the eyes and ears of the entire community to locate a missing child and save a child from harm.