An Amber Alert has been canceled after parents were reunited with their missing 1-year-old child.
The child has medical issues. Police said an alert citizen who saw broadcasts about the Amber Alert led officers to find the baby inside a Mazda.
The child, Cameron Rodgers, was taken about 3:14 p.m. Friday. His mother summoned police to 3439 Holmes Rd. The mother said Kapri Cunningham, 18, took her vehicle with the child inside.
"I was so happy. I didn't think Amber Alerts worked, but they did for my kid," Mazurennae Clark, the boy's mother, said.
The Amber Alert was issued just before 5 p.m.
"Police believe the child may be in danger due to him needing medicine critical to his health every six hours," police said initially.
The boy was found about 30 minutes after the Amber Alert was issued.
Eric Dooley was driving away from work when the radio station he was listening to broke in with news about the Amber Alert. He recognized the license plate and called police.
"I told them where we are at, where they were going, which direction, and a few minutes later, there's the Kansas City Police Department in full force," he said.
Once officers converged on the Mazda, Chopper5 showed two women being placed into handcuffs and taken into custody. No charges have been filed.
Chopper5 also captured officers waving at the baby before his parents rushed to take him into their arms.
A witness described his frantic mother literally sprinting to the girl to see if he was OK.
"A citizen located the vehicle and called police. Police stopped the vehicle near 38th and Cleveland with the suspect and have recovered the child. The child is in good condition," according to a news release from police. "Because of your broadcast, a citizen recognized the vehicle and immediately contacted police resulting in the child being recovered. Thank you."
Cameron was wearing a blue hat, red and white Buckeye hoodie and Cars pajamas when his mother left him in the car with Cunningham. She said she had gone to another home to pick up another child. When she returned, she said Cunningham was driving off with Cameron in the back seat.
"I walked outside and I just flipped out. I really lost it," Clark said.
She described Cunningham as a friend who she trusted. But Friday night, she said her trust was misplaced and the friendship is over.
She is grateful to Dooley for his sharp eyes and caring attitude.
"Thank you very much. I know it takes a village and a community to raise a kid so thank you," she said.
Dooley shrugged off the notion of him as a hero.
"Being a father myself and understanding the anxiety that could happen, I would hope anyone would do the right thing and pick up a phone," he said.
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