Oklahoma Amber Alert Canceled, Child Found in Seminole, Texas

Published 07/18 2014 10:28AM

Updated 07/18 2014 10:47AM

SEMINOLE, TX (PRESS RELEASE) -- On 7-17-2014 at approximately 1600 hours, the Seminole Police Department was advised by the former step-mother about an Amber Alert issued out of Oklahoma for a 5 month old infant. The former step-mother stated she had paperwork showing that she was granted power of attorney and temporary custody for the infant granted to her by the mother of the infant. The mother of the infant is currently incarcerated in Parker County, Texas. The infant was being transported from Oklahoma to Seminole by other relatives of the infant.

The former step-mother came to the Seminole Police Department and provide us copies of the paperwork. The paperwork showed that the former step-mother was granted power of attorney and custody of the infant by the incarcerated mother. The step-mother informed me that the listed suspects in the Amber Alert, Cindy Findley and Jennifer Skousen are related to the parties involved and also had copies of the paperwork along with a signed note by the former step-mother for them to have permission to transport the infant from Oklahoma to Texas.

All this information was sent by fax and email directly to Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma.

Seminole Police made contact with Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office to inquire where they were on the investigation and they advised they were working it as a kidnapping. Police informed them of the information received and advised them of the paperwork we had sent. Police informed them we would be waiting to see if and when the infant arrived in Seminole and that we would contact them with any and all information we would obtain.

Police spoke with the FBI out of Oklahoma City and informed them of the information we had at that time and he too had already spoken with the former step-mother and received copies of the paperwork and verified by contacting the infant’s mother that she had signed and had the documents notarized to have the former step-mother have power of attorney and custody of the infant.

The Officers of the Seminole Police Department were advised of the situation and plans were made to watch the residence of the former step-mother to ensure the arrival and safety of the infant.

On 7-18-2014, at approximately 0125 hours, Officers made a stop on a vehicle that was circling the area. The vehicle, which was not one of the listed vehicles on the Amber Alert, was driven by Cindy Findley. The infant and Jennifer Skousen were also in the vehicle. We explained what was being alleged in Oklahoma. They did have on their possession the paperwork that was sent as well. Cindy and Jennifer both stated that they did not kidnap the infant. They did confront the Grandmother and informed her of the paperwork and the desires of the incarcerated mother to have the infant taken care of by the former step-mother.

Police escorted the vehicle to the former step-mother’s residence. There we gathered more information and contacted the Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office and informed them the infant was located and was in very good condition and would be left in the custody of the former step mother. Cindy and Jennifer both stated they would be willing to answer any of our questions and will be staying here until the matter is cleared up.

Police asked if any warrants were currently issued through their office in which they stated not at this time and that they would continue their investigation at their end.

Police also made contact with the FBI and relayed all available information to this point.

Texas Child Protective Services have been advised of the situation and will be talking with the family and monitoring the situation.

Any questions on the beginning of this investigation should be directed to the lead agency: Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma.

(Information from Seminole Police Department Press Release)

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