AMBER Alert Canceled After 2-Year-Old Boy Found Safe
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HOUSTON COUNTY, Tenn. – A statewide AMBER Alert has been canceled after a 2-year-old boy from Houston County was found safe.
The Houston County Sheriff's office said Cael Whitehead was reported missing from his home around 9 a.m. Wednesday. He was found around 3 p.m. with his father on Interstate 24 in Marion County near Chattanooga.
Police said that a driver on Interstate 24 recognized Whitehead's vehicle after seeing the information posted on a TDOT information sign on the interstate. The driver called police and confirmed the suspect's vehicle description and license plate number.
Local officials were notified that Whitehead and the child were in the area and two Tennessee Highway Patrol Officers responded. When the officers neared the area where the car was spotted they found two semi-trucks attempting to slow the wanted car down. The two troopers were able to stop the car without incident.
Police said Cael Whitehead was found safe and put into the care of the state's Department of Children's Services.
His father, 23-year-old Austin Whitehead, was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail.