AMBER ALERT: Sudbury Police looking for woman, three-year-old boy (update: located) – SooToday.com

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Woman, toddler at centre of Amber Alert found safe in Toronto
A call to a tip line from a woman being sought in an Amber Alert helped in locating her and her three-year-old son safe in Toronto early Tuesday, say Sudbury, Ont., police, who issued the alert. 

The two were found in the Fort York Boulevard-Lake Shore Avenue West area of Toronto at an address on Bruyeres Mews.

The child, who was last seen boarding a bus from Sudbury to Toronto on Monday, was located at a condo in the citys downtown core near Fort York Boulevard and Lake Shore Avenue West, according to Toronto police.

Kaitlynn Dunn, spokesperson with the Greater Sudbury Police Service, said the mother and son were dropped off at the Rainbow Centre Mall on Monday around noon ET. The boy was supposed to be brought back to his guardian, his grandmother.

She said officers also checked with the Ontario Northland and Greyhound "because we always check those in case the person is looking to flee town."

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Dunn said that around 3 a.m. Tuesday, an Ontario Northland employee confirmed to police that the pair had been seen boarding a bus in Sudbury en route to Toronto on Monday afternoon.

In each case, operators remind the caller that 911 is not a complaints hotline, she says, while trying to get the person off the line as quickly as possible to free it up for real emergencies. Waterloo Regional Police echoed the sentiment in its own Tweet, reminding people that the misuse of 911 poses its own safety risk.

The alert was issued around 5 a.m. and the boy was reported safe around 7:30 a.m. after a call was placed to the police tip line by his mother, Dunn said. The alert was lifted around 7:55 a.m.

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Dunn said the mother and child are in good health, and Sudbury police will investigate to determine "the intent of taking the child" and whether any charges will be laid.

Stratford Police Service Community Resources Officer Constable Darren Fischer reminds the public that dialling 9-1-1 to complain is not what the service is meant for, 9-1-1 is specifically designed for emergencies only.  These are emergencies regarding your safety, your wellbeing, your property, and your medical care.  We encourage people to use 9-1-1 for those purposes only.

The alert went out across Ontario just before 5 a.m. Both police in Sudbury and Toronto confirm calls were made from the public about being woken up by the alert itself.

Fischer says the improper use of 9-1-1 service could put someone else in danger, There are limited lines available for 9-1-1 and if an emergency does come in and the line is tied up with a phone call that is not an emergency, the person that is an emergency might have to wait for service to be provided to them.

"We felt it was necessary to put out the Amber Alert in order to ensure he was safely found and it did just that: he was safely found."

The alert was called after a 3-year old boy was abducted by his mother in Sudbury.  The pair was headed to Toronto on an Ontario Northland bus.  They have both been found in good health.

Once again our Communications Centre has been receiving a number of calls from citizens using it as a platform to complain about being awaken by the Amber Alert.<br>REMINDER:<br>9-1-1 is for EMERGENCIES ONLY. Please help us to keep our phone lines free for real emergencies. Thanks^adc

@The Scout: Let’s not hear the trolls. Ever. Amber Alerts have specific criteria to be met before being issued. 1. Law enforcement agency believes a child under the age of 18 has been abducted 2. Law enforcement agency believes the child is in danger 3. There is descriptive information about one or more of the following: • child • abductor • vehicle 4. To believe an immediate broadcast alert will help in locating the child

Dunn said calls to 911 should only be placed in certain circumstances: "911 is reserved for emergency matters. Your opinion or being upset regarding an Amber Alert is not an emergency matter."

I do not see the necessity for a province wide amber alert when it is clear that the mother has the child. In this case, the mother called it in herself. I would like to see some follow up as to the reasons for the amber alert in the first place. BTW it did wake me from a sound sleep, and scared the hell out of me, I thought it was my fire alarm.

Toronto police say a three-year-old boy and a woman who were at the centre of an Amber Alert issued on Tuesday have been found safe.

The alert was requested early Tuesday morning by Sudbury police officers who said they believed the toddler had been abducted by a 25-year-old woman.

Toronto Police have found a 3-year-old boy safe in Toronto after the Ontario Provincial Police issued an Amber Alert early Tuesday morning.

Police get multiple 911 calls complaining about Amber Alert on cellphones

The woman and child were found safe at a condo building near Fort York Boulevard and Lake Shore Avenue West at around 7:30 a.m.

Temur Durrani is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Stars radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @temurdur

Members of 14 Division along with Sudbury police are investigating the incident and it is not clear if any charges will be laid.

The alert was issued shortly before 5 a.m. for the boy who was last seen with his mother on May 13 in Sudbury.

Amber Alert texts once again have people complaining

The Amber Alert once again prompted police services in the GTA to remind people not tie up police resources by calling 911 to complain.

"Once again our communications centre has been receiving calls from citizens using it as a platform to complain about being awaken by the Amber Alert," the tweet read. "Please help us to keep our phone lines free for real emergencies."

William Gooden is described as a black male roughly three feet tall, heavy build with short black hair. He was last seem wearing a blue T-shirt, black pants, a red and white jacket and a Montreal Canadiens ball cap.

ONTARIO: A three-year-old went missing, and people called 911 to complain

Peel Regional Police also took to social media to remind the public about appropriate emergency calls.

Original information: Greater Sudbury Police have issued an Amber Alert for a three-year-old boy and a woman last seen travelling to Toronto.

"The service is used for a reason and a purpose. Dont call to complain, call if you see the subjects in the alert," Peel police tweeted.

Police say 3-year-old William Gooden is believed to have been abducted from Sudbury and was last seen on Monday on a bus to Toronto.

Insp. John Valtonen, of the Greater Sudbury Police Service, said locating a missing child is more important than the inconvenience caused by an Amber Alert.

Once again our Communications Centre has been receiving a number of calls from citizens using it as a platform to complain about being awaken by the Amber Alert. REMINDER: 9-1-1 is for EMERGENCIES ONLY. Please help us to keep our phone lines free for real emergencies. Thanks^adc

"To put it bluntly, the discomfort or the inconvenience that an Amber Alert would have for an individual certainly does not trump the safety of a child, full stop," he said. 

“There’s only so many call takers responding to 911 calls and if somebody is calling 911 to complain about an Amber Alert call, somebody who’s having a heart attack may not be able to get right through,” said Virgin.

Toronto police say a toddler and woman at the centre of an Amber Alert on Tuesday morning have been found safe.

Former head of Police Communications and 911 for Durham and current Emergency Communications Instructor Theresa Virgin says tying up the 911 lines puts the rest of the public at risk.