Missing Massachusetts Child Found in Etowah County

ETOWAH COUNTY, AL – Friday, June 21st, The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Fusion Center – received a law enforcement bulletin concerning an endangered, and missing one-year-old child from the Fall River Police Department in Massachusetts.

According to information received from the Fall River Police Department Genezza Packett – age 22 was visiting her one-year-old son – who lives in the custody of her aunt, on Thursday, June 20th.  Packett advised that she was taking her son to a local “Dunkin’ Donuts” but never returned with the child.  After further investigation, Packett and the child were believed to be in a vehicle traveling south towards Mississippi.

AFC Intelligence Analysts relayed pertinent information to Troopers that were assigned to ALEA’s Highway Patrol Division – and, at approximately 10:15am, the ALEA Troopers found that vehicle on I-59 in Etowah County near Attalla and conducted a traffic stop – where the child was recovered safely.

Packett is facing pending criminal charges by Fall River Police.

ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor stated – “I’d like to commend the exceptional collaboration and communication of the Intelligence Analysts within our Fusion Center and our Troopers, along with our counterparts in other states, for their instrumental actions in the safe recovery of that missing one-year-old child.  Their dedication to duty and quick thinking resulted in the child’s safe recovery which exemplifies both the true spirit of law enforcement and demonstrates the necessity of sharing intelligence with both local and state law enforcement partners.


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