Child Found Unharmed; Amber Alert Over

Boy returned to his father

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014  |  Updated 12:24 PM CDT
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Child Found Unharmed; Amber Alert Over

Little Elm Police Department

Cynthia Neal, left, and her 5-year-old son Tyler.

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An Amber Alert issued for a child taken Tuesday afternoon by a non-custodial parent is over, police say.

Little Elm police said Cynthia Neal, 31, checked out her 5-year-old son, Tyler Neal, from school.

Investigators said recent behavior by the woman indicates she may not be stable and they fear for the child's well-being.

The woman was stopped by Denton police along Interstate 35 at about 3:30 p.m. and was taken into custody.  The child was not harmed.

An Amber Alert was not initially issued by the state because the mother was listed as an emergency contact with the school and was allowed to remove the child. 

At 2:45 p.m., after Little Elm decided to issue a regional Amber Alert, the state opted to issue the alert within a 200 mile radius of Little Elm.

The boy's mother was charged with interference with child custody and transported to the Denton County Jail.  The boy was returned to his father.

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