An Amber Alert was cancelled quickly after being issued for a 26-year-old New Hampshire woman and her 2-year-old son.
Erika Wallace of Raymond allegedly kidnapped her son, Joshua Wallace, during a supervised visit Friday at the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester. They were found safe a short time later in Massachusetts.
Police in Tewksbury spotted a suspicious vehicle off I-495 near a Burger King and a Motel 6. They ran the plates and realized the people inside were involved in an Amber Alert.
Joshua Wallace is now in the care of his foster mother.
Manchester Police responded to the food court at the Mall of New Hampshire, where the child was reported missing. Officers learned Joshua Wallace was in the custody of the Department of Children, Youth and Families.
The person observing the visit told police she looked down at her phone, and when she looked up, both were gone.
Police reported that a DCYF worker was supervising, but New Hampshire Health and Human Services says she was not an employee of that agency.
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"The child is safe," HHS Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers said in a statement. "There will be a full investigation conducted and details will be released as appropriate."
Just after 6:30 p.m., the boy was found with Erika Wallace and his biological father. Both were taken into custody on warrants out of Massachusetts.
The incident remains under investigation.