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Kidnapping Alert

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A new program designed to spread the word about abducted children is being introduced in California. The system promises to get the word out about missing children faster than ever before.

Called Care Alert, the new program is similar to the Emergency Broadcast System. When the Care Alert system is activated, television and radio stations will be alerted via fax or e-mail. They'll then break into programming to offer details on the abduction, as well as descriptions of the child, the abductor, and the suspect vehicle.

The new system is to be used only when an abduction fits a set of fairly narrow criteria. An abduction by a stranger must be verified by at least one witness. The more common sort of abduction, which involves a child taken by a non-custodial parent or other relative, will qualify for the Care Alert Program only if the children is felt to be in immediate danger of injury or if there is a strong suspicion that the child will be removed from the country.

Only two people in any police agency will be able to declare a Care Alert. Both will be specially trained in child abduction.

(This story was provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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