October 13, 2018 10:27 am
Updated: October 13, 2018 2:13 pm

UPDATE: Missing two-year-old found safe in west Edmonton

Edmonton Police badge is seen during a police memorial parade in Ottawa Sunday September 26, 2010.

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A missing toddler who was last seen Friday night in downtown Edmonton was found safe in the west end late Saturday morning.

Edmonton police said the two-year-old child was last seen at the MacEwan LRT station with an adult who was known to the boy.

Police said the pair left a home in west Edmonton on Friday morning, and a missing child alert was issued Saturday because it is out of character for the adult to have the boy with him for such a length of time.

At around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Edmonton police said the two-year-old boy had just been found safe and unharmed in west Edmonton.

An Amber Alert was not issued because there’s specific criteria for one and the situation does not qualify. “There is nothing at this time that leads us to believe he is in imminent danger,” Edmonton Police Service spokesperson Cheryl Voordenhout told Global News when the child was still missing.

According to the Alberta government, police only activate an Amber Alert if all four activation criteria have been met:

  1. a child or an adult with a proven mental or physical disability has been abducted
  2. the child or adult is in danger of serious harm or death
  3. there’s enough descriptive information to enable the public to identify the:
    • child or adult
    • abductor, or
    • mode of transportation
  4. there’s a reasonable expectation the abductee could be returned, or the abductor could be apprehended

Police said it was too early to say if any charges would be laid.

READ MORE: Not every missing child warrants an Amber Alert — police explain the criteria behind issuing these alerts

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