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Amber Alert canceled for missing child from High Point area

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An amber alert is over. Police find a missing 17-month-old in Greensboro. Someone stole a SUV from a Food Lion parking lot with the little girl asleep in the back seat. It happened Thursday night. Officers say... the child is ok thanks to an emergency alert sent to wireless cell phones across the state, but it woke a lot of people.

To explain this alert 9 On Your Side looked at an executive order signed by former President George W. Bush. During his presidency he asked FEMA to develop a public alert and warning system that could reach the masses.

Thursday night we saw it an action. At the start of the new year North Carolina put the wireless emergency alerts into place. They are not text messages; it's a different kind of technology that makes sure they are delivered immediately.

The alert is startling but law enforcement says it's a necessary feature they want all cell phone users to have.  Parents we spoke to say if it was to help find their child, they'd want the same.

"I want it out there as much as possible and the fastest way possible. That is the absolute most important thing." Deborah long said.

Janelle Sanchez woke up to the message and said, "I think it should be a real need but if a child is in serious danger, then I think it's a good idea. I mean I would want it for my kids."

Since the alert is cell tower driven, not zip code driven, you will receive a message depending on who issues it.

This feature can be disabled, but law enforcement advises against it since another set of eyes and ears can help find a missing child.

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An Amber Alert has been canceled after a missing High Point toddler was found safe.

Police said they've found the 17-month-old Shylin Olandea Neal who was sleeping in a vehicle reported stolen from a grocery store parking lot.

Police say the girl is safe, but haven't shared any other details.

The High Point Enterprise reported she had been found safe in the sports utility vehicle in Greensboro. There was no immediate word on any arrests.
    
The SUV was reportedly stolen shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday. The girl's grandmother told WGHP-TV that the keys had been left in the vehicle.

We'll have more details as soon as they become available.

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