Arizona Amber Alert: 2-year-old Eric Warrior Smith Jr. found OK, suspect remains at large

COOLIDGE, AZ - Authorities have found the 2-year-old boy who was abducted from Coolidge Tuesday night.

The boy was found safe in the suspect's minivan, a light blue 2006 Dodge Caravan near Vee Quiva Casino near 51st Avenue and Ray Road in Laveen around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

The 2-year-old was responsive and taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons, officials said.

"That is my boy," said Eric Smith Senior, the boy's father. "He is OK and in good health."

The Gila River Police Department received reports of the minivan traveling at a high speed on 51st Avenue near Vee Quiva Casino. 

Officials later found the vehicle a couple hundred yards away from the road.

Officials said Eric Warrior Smith Jr. was abducted around 11:40 p.m. in Coolidge.

Authorities believe the boy was taken by his babysitter and relative, 19-year-old Anna Marie Johnson.

Officials said in a press conference on Wednesday morning, “we have a good idea” where to find the suspect. Authorities are asking Johnson to turn herself in and explain the situation to detectives.

Johnson is described as Native American, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, 180 pounds with long black hair and brown eyes.

Authorities said Johnson is known to use drugs and alcohol.

The boy's father tells ABC15 that Johnson was having problems and recently moved in with them in their home near Coolidge.

He had no idea why she would have done something like this.    

If you have any information, you are asked to call 911 or the Gila River Police Department at 520-562-4511.

 

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