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Amber Alert issued for 5-month-old was miscommunication

Published July 20, 2014 6:03 pm

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An Amber Alert that was issued Thursday night is now believed to have been a case of miscommunication.

On Thursday night, an Amber Alert was issued for 5-month-old Olivia Smith.

It was reported that Cindy Findley, 48, from Kingfisher County, Okla., was believed to have taken the infant and was en route to Salt Lake City accompanied by Jennifer Skousen, 43.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, the Seminole Police Department in Texas said they were contacted by the former stepmother of the 5-month-old. She told police that she had paperwork showing she had power of attorney and temporary custody of the infant, which was granted by the mother of the infant, who is incarcerated in Parker County, Texas.

Findley and Skousen are related to the infant and were transporting her from Oklahoma to Texas. They had copies of the paperwork along with a signed note from the former stepmother giving permission to transport the infant.

At about 1:30 a.m. Friday, officers stopped a vehicle that was circling the area, and although it was not the one listed on the Amber Alert, it was driven by Findley. The infant and Skousen were also in the vehicle.

Findley and Skousen both stated that they did not kidnap the infant.

The vehicle was escorted to the former stepmother's residence and the infant was found to be in very good condition.

Texas Child Protective Services were advised of the situation and said that they will be talking with the family and monitoring the situation.