Texas DPS Accidentally Sends Out AMBER Alert for Chucky
The Texas Department of Public Safety generated some attention when it accidentally issued AMBER Alerts for two fictional Child’s Play movie characters. If you heard them on the air we’re pretty sure you were caught off guard.
On Friday, missing alerts from the Texas Department of Public Safety included the murderer doll, Chucky, and his son, Glen Ray. Glen was described as five years old, weighing 6 pounds, standing at 2’3″, and also with red, auburn hair and blue eyes, wearing a blue shirt and black collar while Chucky is said to be wearing "blue denim overalls with multi-colored striped long sleeve shirt" and "wielding a huge kitchen knife."
Radio stations and TV stations as well as digital signs on Texas highways displayed the alert. This was actually the result of a test gone wrong. The Department of Public Safety was testing out its server when it accidentally made these faux alerts public. Yet, it assured the public that the number on the flyers doesn't work.
"This was actually a test we were running on a dev server and it accidentally went out," Ruben Medina of DPS said. "We appreciate you reaching out to us to verify this. We do apologize for this inconvenience (to) you."
The AMBER Alert is a system for connecting broadcasters with local police departments to help locate missing/abducted children. AMBER stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response which is an acronym created in remembrance of Amber Hagerman. 9-year-old Hagerman was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas and murdered in 1996.