After 4-year-old Heidi Renae Todd’s mother was found “brutally beaten” and the child was reported missing from her Johns Island home on Tuesday, the Charleston Police Department asked for the public to be on the look out.
But many commenters on social media questioned why S.C. Law Enforcement Division did not issue an Amber Alert for the child.
There are just still too many unknowns in the case, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg told reporters when asked about an Amber Alert in a news conference on Wednesday.
“You have to have enough information to tell people what to look for,” he said.
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For example, investigators are unsure whether the child was taken away from the home in a vehicle, Charleston’s Interim Police Chief Jerome Taylor said in a news conference.