It all started around 9 o’clock Thursday night.
Police received a call about a domestic incident between Zachary Steele and his estranged ex-wife Breeca over their 6-year-old son, Akexton.
“Officers arrived in Fulton and found a very distraught man and female. We then learned a 6-year-old child had been taken from the residence,” said Chief Shawn Schwertfeger, Wheeling Police.
Police report Breeca’s mother, grandfather and uncle showed up unannounced and forced entry into the father’s house by shattering the glass front door with an axe.
Next thing Zachary Steele knew, his son was missing for several hours.
But why did it take so long to issue the Amber Alert?
“The suspects in this case were close, maternal relatives. We attempted to contact the mother by phone. We vetted every address we knew about where those relatives could be at. It wasn’t until all o that was done unsuccessfully to locate them that the Amber Alert was issued,” Schwertfeger said.
90 minutes later, Akexton was found.
“As always, we work together with other agencies to reach a successful resolution like this. I’m glad the child is well. I’m not happy about what he has to experience last night. These charges are warranted and we will pursue them vigorously,” Schwertfeger said.
Wheeling Police confirm they will continue to investigate.
At this time, Akexton home safe and sound with his father.