KPD: Missing 5-year-old boy found safe in Nashville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A missing Knoxville 5-year-old was found safe in Nashville on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

Devontae Clark was found at the Nashville Rescue Mission Women's Campus at 1716 Rosa Parks Drive, Nashville CBS affiliate WTVF reported. Reporters on the scene said the child was inside of a police cruiser with a female adult.


According to crews on scene in Nashville, Devontae was visibly upset. A relative confirmed the little boy tried to run from a police officer.

According to the TBI, Davontae Clark was taken from his aunt's Knoxville home around 1:30 p.m. Monday by a non-custodial parent, Ashlee Clark. An active warrant for custodial interference was issued, and KPD said she was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation upgraded the effort to find a missing Knoxville 5-year-old by issuing an AMBER alert Tuesday afternoon.

The child and suspect were originally reported to be last seen in a white Ford Explorer with a temporary license tag.

The United States Department of Justice offers several recommendations for when an AMBER Alert can be issued:
1. There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred.
2. The law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
3. There is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child.
4. The abduction is of a child aged 17 years or younger.
5. The child’s name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation created its own guidelines for issuing AMBER Alerts, based on national best practices. The bureau reserves AMBER Alerts for the most serious of missing children cases, where law enforcement believes that a child is in imminent danger. In AMBER Alerts, the TBI works with partner agencies – including TEMA, the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, the National Weather Service, TDOT, and others – to amplify and share information about the missing child and, if available, the suspect, vehicle, and direction of travel.

In order to issue an AMBER Alert in Tennessee, the following criteria must be met:
1. The person is 17 years of age or younger, and;
2. The child is in imminent danger of bodily injury or death, and;
3. There is a description of the child, the abductor or vehicle, and;
4. On a request from another state for activation, there is a direct and identified nexus to the state of Tennessee and that information is conveyed to TBI at the time of the request.