Mom Arrested After Amber Alert Issued for Missing 12-Year-Old Son

Tue, March 11, 2014 10:10am EST by 3 Comments
Amber Alert Nicholas Johnston
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A mother was arrested after an Amber Alert was issued for her son, Nicholas Johnston, in Long Beach, Ca. Thankfully, the boy was found shortly after his mother was arrested.

What could possess a mother to endanger her own child? Sri Johnston abducted her son Nicholas and kept him hostage until her arrest.

Mom Abducts Son — Amber Alert Issued

Sri Johnston, 48, was arrested in the afternoon on Monday, March 10 shortly after an Amber Alert was issued for her son, Nicholas Johnston. The 12-year-old reportedly went missing after his mother picked him up from school for a routine visitation last Wednesday, March 5. Reports claim that the next day, Sri did not bring him to school.

Sri was arrested just 90 minutes after an Amber Alert was issued for Nicholas, who was thankfully found safe and sound, in Oceanside, in San Diego County.

A news release from the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that Sri has been charged with one count each of kidnapping and child custody deprivation. She will be arraigned later this week and faces up to 13 years and eight months in prison if convicted.

Sri Had Limited Visitation Hours

According to the release, Nicholas’ father has primary custody of him, and his mother Sri had very limited visitation rights.

The local sheriff revealed that even though Nicholas and his mother were missing for multiple days, the case did not fit typical Amber Alert criteria. That’s why the alert was not issued until they were deemed missing for at least four days.

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— Lauren Cox

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