Amber Alert cancelled after 1-year-old boy is found safe; non-custodial mother arrested

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Andrea Rhoades

COLUMBUS, Ind. – An Amber Alert issued for a missing 1-year-old in Columbus has been cancelled. Police say the boy was found safe.

The alert for the boy was issued after he went missing around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Officers believed the boy was abducted by his non-custodial mother, 43-year-old Andrea Rhoades. He was believed to be in extreme danger.

The Columbus Police Department says the boy was found in the 3300 block of Sycamore Drive Sunday morning.

Andrea was taken into custody when she returned to the Sycamore Drive address around 9:15 a.m. She was then taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, where she faces a charge of interference with custody.

According to an earlier release from the police department, Andrea was arrested less than one month ago for allegedly driving drunk with a child in the car. She was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana on April 24. It’s unclear whether any formal charges were ever filed.

According to the release, Columbus police received a call from a driver saying that Rhoades ran her car off the road several times and slammed on her brakes in a reported attempt to cause a crash. The caller told police Rhoades stopped her vehicle and got out of the vehicle holding a child. Officers responding to the incident reported that Rhoades was “visibly upset” and refused to follow officer commands. She was taken to jail after a blood test.

Editor’s note: The boy’s name and photo have been removed from this story to help protect his identity.