Mother arrested in "missing child" case

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 10:10 a.m.
The mother of 2-year-old Anyla James has been arrested. Wichita Police tell us 34-year-old Ronetta Clement was arrested on one felony count of interference with law enforcement.

Police say Clement told police that the girl's father would not return the child to her and was making homicidal and suicidal statements.

Police put out an "attempt to locate" for the girl and the father.

Upon further investigation, police determined that the statements Clement made were false.

Police say officers invested 117 hours into locating the girl, who was not in any danger.

Officers worked with the girl's grandmother to bring her in to be checked out. Police say the father, Alton James, Jr., had concerns about reaching out to police because he has outstanding warrants.

Anyla was left with her grandmother after the investigation, though the father still has custody.

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 9:50 p.m.

Wichita police arrested a 34-year-old woman in connection to the case of a 2-year-old girl reported missing.

Officers asked for the public's help to locate the girl Sunday evening after they said her mother reported that the girl had been taken by her biological father and may be in danger.

Monday afternoon, police said they'd received conflicting reports, and they believed the girl had been with her father and was no longer in danger.

Police say they will provide an update to this case during their Public Safety Briefing at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

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Monday, June 17, 2019 - 6:08 p.m.

Wichita police says 2-year-old Anyla James was found safe this evening.

"WPD would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance in locating Anyla. WPD continues to investigate this case and will provide updates accordingly."

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Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 4:19 p.m.

Wichita police are releasing new information in the following statement below:

“The Wichita Police Department (WPD) continues to investigate the case involving 2-year-old Anyla James. Through the investigation today we have found conflicting information and new information that has surfaced about her well-being. We are still asking for the community’s help in locating her so that we may check her welfare.

We have learned that Anyla is with her father, and has been in his custody for several weeks. We do not believe Anyla is in any danger based on the new information we have received.

The WPD takes the safety and well-being of children serious. We will continue to speak with all of the involved parties to get a complete story as to what occurred.”
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Monday, June 16, 2019 - 10:15 a.,m.

Wichita Police say a custody dispute is at the center of an "attempt to locate" case involving a two-year-old girl.

Authorities are still looking for 2-year-old Anyla James and her father, Alton James, Jr.

Police were called to the 2300 block of N. Woodlawn Sunday evening. Police believe this is where the two parents agreed to exchange the child.

There, they met the mother of Anyla James. She told police the girl's father refused to return the child and made some "concerning statements".

Police say they erred on the side of caution and put on an attempt to locate notice because they have not been able to reach the the child or father.

Monday morning, police clarified why an Amber Alert was not issued for Anyla. Police say the girl was NOT abducted, because she is in the legal custody of her father.

As of Monday morning, police are still looking for both Anyla and her father. They want to make sure she is okay.

They do not believe they left the city.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Wichita police are searching for two-year-old Anyla James who is believed to be in danger and is with her biological father Alton James Jr.

Police say Anyla was last seen in the 2300 block of north Woodlawn, wearing a pink shirt, white leggings with red hearts and pink shoes. She is 3 feet and 40 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes.

The WPD has issued an attempt to locate for Anyla, but based on the information currently available this case does not meet the Amber Alert requirements.

Investigators say there is no vehicle information to provide. If anyone has information or knows the whereabouts of Anyla or Alton please call 911 immediately.