AMBER Alert canceled: 10-day-old abducted from CPS’ care by parents turned over to authorities by mother, officials say

Police say the baby recently tested positive for narcotics

AMBER Alert: Search for 10-day-old underway after police say parents fled from Coffee City with him last week (Copyright 2022 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

COFFEE CITY, Texas – An AMBER Alert for an infant who was in the custody of Children’s Protective Services has been canceled, officials said Thursday.

AMBER Alert: Search for infant underway after police say parent’s fled from Coffee City with him last week (Copyright 2022 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

According to the Coffee City Police Department, the child’s mother called Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, met with officials there, and turned the baby over.

“I want to express my extreme gratitude and appreciation to Sheriff Bodie Hillhouse with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney Jenny Palmer along with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, Center for Exploited Children, Secret Service and all the citizens who called in with tips,” Coffee City Police Chief JohnJay Portillo said in a Facebook post. “Words cannot express how happy we are that the child is safe.”

Police said the infant’s parents, Michelle Wolf and Ricky Williams, took the child back on July 5 and then fled.

The infant, Ryder Williams, had previously tested positive for narcotics, according to CPS.


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