WVC files charges against mother who prompted Amber Alert

Posted at 8:20 PM, Jun 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-20 22:20:34-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – A Utah woman has been charged after allegedly taking her daughter from a West Valley City elementary school in March.

38-year-old Venus Barker allegedly walked into Silver Hills Elementary in West Valley City on March 9, grabbed her 10-year-old daughter Aliyah Crowder – Barker is Crowder’s non-custodial biological mother – and left the school.

The incident prompted an Amber Alert. Barker, Crowder and another person were found in northern Utah and Crowder was safely returned home.

Prosecutors decided not to press charges, but West Valley City is now charging Barker with custodial interference and trespassing. She is scheduled to be arraigned on July 17.

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