Bill Would Create Amber Alert System In Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A state lawmaker wants Ohio to create a system for alerting the public to child abductions similar to systems in at least 15 other states.

Sen. Kevin Coughlin, a Cuyahoga Falls Republican, said that an Amber Alert system in Ohio could help save lives in the minority of cases where a stranger abducts a child.

Amber Alerts are named for a Texas girl murdered in 1996.

If passed, the bill would create a system for triggering an alert, which would include descriptions of the missing child and any suspects.

The alerts would be sent to radio and TV stations statewide. The bill also contains strict guidelines for when an alert can be issued.

The vast majority of child abductions involve relatives in custody disputes and would not be included in such alerts.

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