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Kalispell, Mont., Amber Alert

Fife police on Sunday (April 28, 2013) arrested the non-custodial parents of a 1-year-old boy who was abducted from Montana and who was the subject of an Amber Alert. The boy was found unharmed in the backseat of the pickup truck they were driving.

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SEATTLE — If there’s an emergency like an Amber Alert, your phone may sound the alarm.

The new system got tested this weekend but on Monday even Washington State Patrol admitted the alerts went off at a bad time and it could be handled better. This after a lot of people got a jarring wake-up call on their cell phones as early as 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

CellPhonesRight now in Washington, Amber Alerts are plastered above highways, social media and, of course, the news. Now you can add one more thing, your cellphone.

“It had an emergency tone that I got a panicky feeing like oh is that my fire alarm,” said Seattle resident Cari Seaborne. It wasn’t Seaborne’s fire alarm, it was her iPhone 5′s way of alerting her of an amber alert this weekend. The message was about a missing one year-old boy from Montana who authorities believed was kidnapped and brought to Washington.

“Any new phones in the last two years come equipped with technology and most major carriers offer the technology ,” said Trooper Ron Mead with WSP.

The new system had people more alarmed than informed.

“It woke me up and I was confused and I didn’t pay much attention to it until the next morning,” said Seattle resident Billy Duss.

Recipients said their phones loudly went off several times as early as 3:30 a.m.

“It inconvenienced a lot of people we understand that moving forward we are trying to be less of an inconvenience for the people,” said Mead.

The wireless emergency alert system was launched in January of this year by the feds.

Besides amber alerts citizens will get natural disaster threat notifications and important presidential messages.

“It’s annoying so most people will turn it off,” said Seaborne.

Recipients say the system is too intrusive and Seaborne has already turned off the amber alert feature on her phone. But before you hit the do not disturb button here is what WSP had to say.

“If my child went missing or your child went missing we want the information out there widely circulated. I don’t want the public to opt out of it give us a chance to fix the technology,” said Mead

In the last 10 days we’ve had two amber alerts issued in our area including the case that originated in Montana.

WSP says both cases ended safely directly because of the amber alert system. Cellphone customers can opt out of getting amber alerts or the natural disaster notifications but they cannot avoid important presidential messages.

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Not guilty pleas in Montana Amber Alert case

amber-alert Brayden BlasiusTACOMA — Charges were filed Monday against the non-custodial parents of a 1-year-old boy who were located and arrested Sunday in Fife after allegedly taking the boy from Montana, triggering a national Amber Alert.

Bryndi Gibson and Beau Blasius pleaded not guilty in Pierce County Superior Court to first-degree custodial interference and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle. Blasius’ bail was set at $50,000 and Gibson’s was set at $100,000.

After a citizen’s tip, police in Fife located the pickup truck at a Fife apartment complex and arrested the couple. The child was found in the backseat of the pickup.

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office said Blasius’ parents in Flathead County, Mont., had been designated to care for the boy after the state of Montana had suspended the defendants’ parental rights and declared the boy a ward of the state.

The prosecutor’s office said that Blasius on Saturday night broke into the home of his parents and took the boy after they had refused the hand over the child earlier. Blasius and Gibson took a pickup truck from its owner in Montana, the office said.

The defendants also face burglary, kidnapping and motor vehicle theft charges in Montana and will be extradited to the state after the Pierce County cases conclude, the prosecutor’s office said.

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Police: 1-year-old kidnapped by his own parents

SEATTLE –Alls well that ends well.

That’s what police are saying tonight about the abduction of a one year old girl and the amber alert that followed that started in Montana and ended in fife.

When one year old Brayden Blasius was taken from his grandparents’ Montana home last night police immediately put the word out that he was in danger.

Police say his parents; 28 year old Beau Blasius and 23 year old Bryndi Gibson have a history of drug use and may have been under the influence.

alertAfter a night on the run police got a tip that the car they were driving was parked at this apartment complex in fife.

The vehicle that they were associated with when we contacted them was reported to be stolen in Montana so our detectives are investigating that and also talking with authorities in Montana to determine what appropriate charges they`ll face in Washington and possibly in Montana as well,” Fife police department lieutenant  Kevin Farris said

Police say the couple was near the car when they approached and the baby was inside.

“Child was unharmed. We did call the fire department to come take a look at him just to be certain and he appeared to be uninjured and we ended up releasing him to Washington Child Protective Services,” Farris said.

Police here and in Montana praised the amber alert system and the anonymous tipster for bringing a speedy and peaceful end to the abduction.

“Without the public being involved in this and the Amber alert going out it`s highly unlikely that we would have run across them as quickly as we did and it`s all thanks to an anonymous citizen who was paying attention, received the alert and called police… the child wasn’t injured and the people were taken into custody without incident.  Really you couldn’t ask for a better resolution to this,” Farris said.

The parents are in the Pierce County Jail and will likely face charges in Washington and in Montana.

The boy is in the custody of Washington Child Protective Services.

FIFE, Wash. — Fife police on Sunday arrested the non-custodial parents of a 1-year-old boy who was abducted from Montana and who was the subject of an Amber Alert.

The Fife Police Department said officers responded about 9 a.m. Sunday to an citizen’s tip that a stolen pickup connected to the Amber Alert was parked outside a Fife apartment complex in the 5700 block of 23rd Street East.

Fife officers found the boy’s biological parents — a 28-year-old man and 23-year-old woman — near the pickup and took them into custody without incident, the department said. The child was found seated in the pickup truck and was unharmed, it added.

alertThe boy, who is a ward of the state of Montana, was turned over to Washington Child Protective Services until he could be returned home, police said.

Police said the couple abducted the child in Kalispell, Mont., and Washington authorities were alerted they might be  headed to Washington state, although their connection to the state was unclear.

The man and woman were booked into Pierce County Jail, and are expected to face charges in Washington and Montana,  police said.

The father was booked into the Pierce County Jail on possession of a stolen vehicle, custodial interference, drug paraphernalia and possession of an injection device. The woman was booked on possession of a stolen vehicle and custodial interference.

Police have located a missing Montana infant and the two people suspected of abducting him.  The infant is safe and the two people are in custody.

amber-alert Brayden BlasiusMontana police  issued an Ambert Alert Sunday morning for a missing 1-year-old boy who authorities believed to be in danger.

Brayden Blasius, a 1-year-old white male child was abducted by his non-custodial parents. The child is believed to be in danger, suspects under the influence of drugs.  They were believed to be driving a stolen White 1994 Chevrolet pickup with Montana license plate 771282A and are possibly heading to Chehalis, Washington.

Police said that Blasius was abducted from Kalispell, Flathead County, Mont. and that they believed he was being taken to Washington state.  Blasius was believed to be in the company of Bryndi Gibson and Beau Blasius.

Bryndi Gibson, a 23-year-old woman, was described as white, green-eyed, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 230 pounds. Beau Blasius, a 28-year-old man, was described as white, red-haired, green-eyed, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 190 pounds.

Authorities asked anyone with information about the whereabouts of Brayden Blasius to call Washington police at 253-538-3240.