Hiawayi Robinson missing child alert law goes into effect | AL.com

A law named for slain 8-year-old Hiawayi Robinson and aimed at expediting the search for missing children goes into effect Wednesday.

Gov. Robert Bentley signed the Hiawayi Robinson Emergency Missing Child Alert System Act into law in April. It creates a new missing child alert system which will be triggered by state and local officials once they confirm a child has gone missing.

In September 2014, authorities faced criticism for failing to activate the AMBER Alert system after family members reported Hiawayi missing from St. Stephens Woods Apartments. Investigators said her disappearance did not meet the minimum requirements for an AMBER Alert because they had no evidence she had been abducted.

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NJ – Bill would aid missing who are mentally ill, disabled

A bill to establish an alert system that provides rapid dissemination of information about a missing person who has mental, intellectual or developmental disabilities was advanced by a Senate panel recently.

The measure, sponsored by Sen. James Beach, D-Camden, calls for the attorney general to establish an MVP Emergency Alert System. The bill passed the Assembly in December, under the name the Gold Alert System. The alerts would include physical descriptions and other pertinent details.

“This legislation reflects our collective duty to protect some of the most vulnerable New Jersey residents,” said Pamela Lampitt, D-Camden, an Assembly co-sponsor along with Gabriela Mosquera, D-Camden.

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