Police in North Texas have detained a woman they believe kidnapped one month old Nancy Chavez, who was taken from a Wal-Mart parking lot Tuesday afternoon. "It is an answer to a lot of prayers she was found, she was safe and looks like she is going to be ok. All I can say at this particular time we have scientifically made positive identification of her," said Abilene Police Sgt. Kim Vickers.
Earlier this week, Texas officials issued the first statewide Amber Alert with flashing messages along the highways. "We do believe the Amber Alert system deserves a lot of credit and the information getting out so quickly and we were able to get this baby back as soon as we were," said Sgt. Vickers.
The abduction took place Tuesday afternoon. The mother and her three young children can be seen leaving the store a Wal-Mart surveillance tape. Then, after she places her child in her mini van, another car pulls up and a woman grabs the child and flees.
"She tried to catch up to the woman and get her baby back. She managed to get a hold of the car, but she was already backing out and starting to drive away. The mother was drug about 30 to 40 feet before she finally had to let go of the car," said Sgt. Vickers.
Abilene Police say the kidnapper circled the parking lot several times, apparently looking for a child to abduct. Police pulled the woman over in Quanah, which is about 120 miles North of Abilene and about 130 miles Northeast of Lubbock.
Formal charges are pending against the woman. Robertson Unit Warden, James Duke, in Abilene says the 24-year-old suspect is a former Corrections Officer at the prison. Her name has not been released.
This marks the first time the Amber Alert System has been used since Governor Rick Perry made it active statewide on Monday, but everything didn't go quite as well as planned. Road signs in the Dallas area were turned on early Wednesday morning alerting drivers of the kidnapping, but TxDot says the order it received only had the alert running until 7:30 a.m. So, at that time the signs were cleared. The governor's office says this is a bug in a statewide system that is still being developed. Once the bug was noticed the signs were immediately reactivated.