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New details released about Dothan child abduction


MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (WDHN) – The Dothan Police Department released new details of the abduction of a two-month-old Dothan on Wednesday afternoon.

Around noon on April 13, two-month-old Messiah Richards was taken from his temporary residence in the 400 block of South Appletree Street in Dothan, Alabama by his mother, Alexis Richards, and her boyfriend, MarQuec Banks, according to Dothan police. . .

The child had been placed at a temporary address as part of a security plan drawn up by the Human Resources Department.

Alexis Richards was only allowed supervised visitation with her child. According to police, Alexis Richards and Banks drove to the home where the child had been placed, without planning or announcing in advance, and took the child away without the knowledge of the child’s current guardian. When the DPD was informed of the situation, an Amber Alert was issued. About an hour after the Amber Alert was issued, the child was found with Alexis Richards and another family member in Midland City, Alabama.

The child was safe and unharmed, according to DPD.

Currently Alexis Richards, 22, of Dothan, has been charged with one count of interference with custody. Dothan Police said Banks could face charges in the future.

Alexis Richards was arrested last week on two charges of third-degree domestic violence.

Banks has a history of charges including driving without insurance, failing to register his vehicle and underage possession of alcohol.


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