RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Smyrna baby at the center of a statewide AMBER Alert was found safe in East Nashville Thursday morning and the child’s mother was taken into custody.
“You always hope there’s going to be a good ending,” said Jeff Duke, detective lieutenant for Smyrna Police. “To have, in 12 hours, this child found happy and healthy, it was great for us.”
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an AMBER Alert Wednesday night for nine-month-old Nichelle Omega, who the agency said was taken from the Smyrna Public Library by her 29-year-old non-custodial mother, Nyx Omega.
“In this particular case, the person who took the child did not have custody of this child,” said Duke. “We wanted to make sure she was safe and get her back with the people she belonged with.”
The AMBER Alert issued for Nichelle included a vehicle description of a silver 2008 Toyota Scion with license plate number DGK392 and a mattress tied to the top of the car.
“Actually, a citizen saw the AMBER alert, recognized the tag and called Metro Nashville police. Metro Nashville East responded,” Duke said.
Metro police said they found that vehicle around 6:30 a.m. on Shelby Avenue near Interstate 24 in East Nashville. They later said they also located both Nichelle and Nyx Omega.
Nichelle was transported to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to be checked out, according to officers.
Nyx Omega was placed in the back of a patrol car. She was wanted by Smyrna police for custodial interference.