Suspect in Amber Alert activation charged with domestic violence
WARREN -- James McKinney, whose alleged actions caused an Amber Alert activation, has been charged with domestic violence.
McKinney, 34, of Union Street, appeared Tuesday before Municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak on a charge of domestic violence, a misdemeanor.
He is in the county jail without bond. He will next appear before Judge Ivanchak at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 3.
According to police, McKinney and Monique Lytle, 24, were in her Brier Street Southeast home shortly before 2 p.m. Monday when they argued.
Lytle convinced McKinney to drive her to use the phone. Her son, 4-year-old Joshua Lytle, was in the car.
They went to a Kenilworth Avenue Southeast house from where the mother called police. McKinney reportedly took off in the car with the boy. Police then activated the alert.
Police found McKinney walking along Van Wye Street Southeast with the boy about an hour after McKinney abandoned the car. They were about three blocks from the boy's home.
A spokesman for the city prosecutor's office said Tuesday that he didn't believe McKinney wanted to harm the boy and the situation was blown out of proportion.
Amber Alert is the life-saving electronic alert that spreads the word of a child's abduction more quickly than traditional means. President Bush signed the National Amber Alert Network into law April 30, 2003.