Neighbors in Miamisburg say they were surprised to hear a toddler was reported missing from their area.
According to authorities, 2-year-old Atticus Phillips is now safe after he was taken by his mother, 30-year-old Kelsey Hannah.
According to Sgt. Jeff Muncy of the Miamisburg Police Department, he was taken from his grandmother’s home in the 500 block of Maple Avenue around 4 p.m. Monday.
Authorities believe the incident stemmed from a custody dispute after Hannah refused to hand her child over to another family member, Sgt. Muncy said.
“It’s bad,” said Joyce, a neighbor, who had seen the child there regularly. “It’s really bad. The little boy’s dad should get him. I don’t think it’s right for her to do that.”
The mother and son’s disappearance sparked an amber alert that authorities issued Wednesday, two days after authorities say the child was taken. Officials were concerned Hannah took her son and fled out of state, according to the alert.
“It’s unbelievable because we don’t have that crime here in this area,” said Amy Napier, a neighbor. “We’ve never had anything like this here.”
After negotiations with Kelsey Hannah’s attorney, the mother agreed to bring the child to the Miamisburg Police Department Wednesday, Sgt. Muncy said. She was charged with interference with custody and released, he added.
The boy’s grandmother, Vickie Hannah, has also been charged with interference with custody, Sgt. Muncy said.
Atticus Phillips was turned over a legal guardian due to a Warren County court order, Sgt. Muncy said.