Alert cancelled, mother arrested


A Tennessee Amber Alert from Hawkins County, Tenn., came to an end Thursday when 9-year-old Elyssia Stowell of Bean Station, Tenn. was found in Middlesboro.

The Amber Alert stated Stowell was last seen in Bean Station on Saturday at 10 a.m. and she was believed to be in the company of her non-custodial mother, Teshawna Sonora Anderson-Mason. Stowell had been last seen wearing a tan and brown shirt, blue denim shorts, and had prescription glasses which she may not have on at all times. The alert also stated Stowell may be in the Harrogate, Tenn. or Middlesboro areas.

Shortly after 6 p.m. on Thursday, Stowell and Anderson-Mason were found at a home on 37th Street in Middlesboro. Middlesboro Officer Josh Pratt arrested Anderson-Mason for being a fugitive from Tenn. and entered into the NCIC by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the charge of kidnapping. Full extradition was confirmed by the FBI.

Anderson-Mason was still lodged in the Bell County Detention Center at the time of the release.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, an Amber Alert will be issued when requested by a law enforcement agency when the following conditions are met:

* Accurate information of at least one of the following — description of the child, description of suspect, description of vehicle;

* Child must be 17 years of age or younger;

* Believe the child is in imminent danger of bodily injury or death.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-248-9091.

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