2-year-old Ohio boy found safe, Amber Alert canceled, police say

FILE - Pictured is the logo for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. An...
FILE - Pictured is the logo for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. An Amber Alert in Ohio has been canceled after a missing 2-year-old boy was found safe, police said.(NCMEC)
Published: Mar. 2, 2023 at 1:09 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 3, 2023 at 7:08 PM CST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX/Gray News) - The suspect wanted by police in North College Hill, Ohio, is in custody several hours after a missing 2-year-old was found safe.

Lucy Bullock was wanted on charges of abduction/kidnapping, Chief Ryan Schrand of North College Hill Police said earlier Friday when he announced Brandon Rozier Jr. had been found safe.

Brandon went missing around 5 a.m. Thursday when he was taken from his great-aunt’s home by Bullock, North College Hill police said.

The Amber Alert was active throughout the night and into Friday afternoon as authorities searched for Brandon and Bullock.

Schrand said they received information that Brandon was with Bullock’s brother and heading to their mother’s home in Evanston.

With that information, Schrand said officers went to the home, and it was there that the 2-year-old was found. Brandon was taken to a hospital to be checked out as a precaution, police said.

The vehicle police said Bullock stole from Brandon’s great-aunt was also found. However, Bullock was nowhere to be found, according to police.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Friday, police announced they had taken her into custody at her attorney’s office.

The toddler’s mother dropped him off earlier Thursday at his great-aunt’s home in Cincinnati, according to police.

His great-aunt is his babysitter, and police say Bullock has been staying at the home.

The toddler’s great-aunt, Tawana Crawford, says he was asleep in bed last she knew.

She said she got up to go to the bathroom and when she got back, the toddler and her vehicle were gone.

She cried as she talked with WXIX in front of her home Thursday afternoon.

“If I hadn’t let [Lucy] stay here, he would still be here,” Crawford said.

Bullock and Brandon were seen on a neighbor’s Ring doorbell camera leaving the address.

It was not until 10:30 a.m. Thursday when the family called police to report Brandon as missing, Schrand said.

He said they then began to investigate, but the family was unable to tell them Lucy’s last name and if the child was in danger.

The police department consulted with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to determine if an Amber Alert was warranted.

Once they determined Bullock’s criminal history and that Brandon might be in danger, Schrand says they issued the statewide Amber Alert.