Taft Creates Statewide Abduction Alert System

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. Bob Taft signed an executive order on Wednesday that will create a statewide alert system to thwart child abductions.

Taft's order requires the state's Amber Alert system to be in place by January.

Taft said that the statewide system will help broadcast information quickly about an abduction in the first few hours after a child is taken.

He introduced the statewide alert system on Wednesday along with Misty Baker, whose daughter Erica disappeared three years ago from the Dayton suburb of Kettering.

At least two Ohio communities and at least 14 other states have a similar alert system. The Amber Alert system is named for a Texas girl who was murdered in 1996.

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