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Missing child found safe in Perry

Charity Chatman was arrested Sunday night on a warrant accusing her of interfering with custody.

An Amber Alert went out this weekend for 6-year-old Onnika Fisher of Jacksonville.

She went missing on Friday.

But the Amber Alert was lifted overnight, after the GBI reported that she was safe.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Department says the mother and daughter were located during a traffic stop in Perry, at about 11:30 p.m.

In a press conference Monday morning, Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said the mother did not resist arrest.

The latest statistics from the Department of Justice show in 2011, 158 Amber Alerts were issued in the United States. One hundred forty-four of those cases had safe recoveries.

Driver spotted vehicle after getting text alert

On Sunday night, Chris McClure and his girlfriend were making the trip from Tennessee to Florida
when they got the text alert.

It told them to look out for a green 2000 Buick with an Ohio tag.

"We kind of joked around about it saying, 'Let's look out for it,' even though we almost knew for sure we weren't going to find it," 24-year-old McClure told 13WMAZ over the phone.

That is, until they did.

"I was shocked because I get amber alerts occasionally on my phone and I never expect to find the car that's actually in the Amber Alert," McClure said.

McClure says he drives a retired Crown Victoria that looks like a police cruiser.

He says that's probably why when he started slowing down to try to see Chatman's tag, that's why she started to hit the brakes, too.

"She was going 70 when I passed her, and then when I slowed down, she probably went down to 50," McClure said. "I kept slowing down to see if she'd pass me so I could see her tag but she kept slowing down because of my police cruiser."

Although Perry police say they may not have caught Chatman without McClure's call, McClure says "it was just the right thing to do."

This morning, Charity Chatman appeared before a magistrate judge in a closed hearing at 9:30 a.m. at Houston County magistrate court.

No bond was granted for her.

She is being held for extradition to Florida and was returned to the Houston County jail.

Follow 13WMAZ's Anita Oh on Twitter @anita_oh and on Facebook at Anita Oh WMAZ.


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