Amber Alert: 2-year-old taken from babysitter’s North College Hill home
UPDATE: Brandon Rozier Jr. was found Friday afternoon, police say.
CINCINNATI (WXIX) - An Amber Alert issued Thursday remains in effect Friday for a 2-year-old boy who police say was taken by a 22-year-old woman.
Brandon Rozier Jr. was last seen around 5 a.m. Thursday with Lucy Bullock, who is driving a 2009 Black Saturn SUV with Ohio license plate JVU5960, according to the North College Hill Police Department.
Rozier Jr. was wearing black clothes.
The toddler’s mother dropped him off earlier Thursday at his great-aunt’s home on Sterling Avenue in Cincinnati, according to police.
His great-aunt is his babysitter, and police say Bullock has been staying at the home.
North College Hill Police Chief Ryan Schrand says he believes the 2-year-old is still in the Tri-State.
The chief was out searching for the SUV overnight and will be back out again all day Friday.
The police department, he said, is focusing all its resources on this.
The toddler’s great-aunt, Tawana Crawford, says he was asleep in bed last she knew.
She said got up to go to the bathroom and when she got back, the toddler and her vehicle were gone.
She cried as she talked with FOX19 NOW in front of her home Thursday afternoon.
“If I hadn’t let [Lucy] stay here, he would still be here,” Crawford said.
Bullock and Rozier Jr. were seen on a neighbor’s Ring doorbell camera leaving the Sterling Avenue address.
It was not until 10:30 a.m. when the family called police to report Rozier Jr. as missing, Chief Ryan Schrand of North College Hill Police said.
He said they then began to investigate, but the family was unable to tell them Lucy’s last name and if the child was in danger.
The police department consulted with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to determine if an Amber Alert was warranted.
Once they determined Bullock’s criminal history and that Rozier Jr. might be in danger, Chief Schrand says they issued the statewide Amber Alert.
Bullock, who police say has an extensive criminal record, is described as 5′3″, 135 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Arnisha Crumpley, Rozier Jr.’s mother, issued a statement to FOX19 NOW, pleading for her son to be returned safely.
“I just want our son; he’s only two years old,” Crumpley said. “I’m so heartbroken. Please bring him back.”
Call North College Hill Police at 513-521-7171 or 911 if you have any information on the whereabouts of Bullock and Rozier Jr.
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