UPDATE: 6:43 a.m.
The Amber Alert has been cancelled for the child taken from BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver on Monday.
The BC Amber Alert system issued the cancellation just after 6 a.m.
Vancouver Police say the child was found near Calgary with his mother.
The boy is now receiving care, and the suspect has been arrested, police said in a press release.
No other details were given, and the investigation continues.
The alert was first issued shortly after 11 p.m. Monday when Vancouver police said the young boy had been abducted from hospital.
Police said the boy had been receiving treatment for a medical condition and they were concerned for his health and safety.
– The Canadian Press
ORIGINAL: 12 a.m.
An Amber Alert has been issued for a three-year-old boy on Monday night in Vancouver.
The alert, which was issued just before 11:30 p.m. on Monday, says the three-year-old boy was last seen at BC Children’s Hospital located on 4500 Oak Street.
Phaivanh Correia-Chanthabouala is the subject of the alert and is described as two-feet tall and has black hair. He was wearing a grey zip-up, blue pants, and red shoes.
Police say the suspect is Jenny Chanthabouala and is described as an Asian female with long black dreadlock hair. She was wearing a black jacket, black toque, glasses, grey sweatpants, a red, yellow and turquoise striped messenger bag and brown UGG boots.
She also has an identifiable tattoo sleeve on her right arm.
It is not clear at this time what the connection of the boy and the woman is.
Police are asking the public to not approach them but call 9-1-1 if they are seen. Anyone with information is being asked to contact Vancouver Police.
An Amber Alert is issued during an alleged child abduction situation that meets established criteria and is issued to get help from the public for the "safe and prompt return of the child," according to the RCMP.
This program uses highway message boards, radio and television announcements and text messages to immediately broadcast descriptions of the abducted victims, their abductors and suspect vehicles.
Amber Alerts are only activated by authorized users within law enforcement agencies and must meet all of these conditions:
- The victim is under the age of 18
- Police have reasonable grounds to believe that the victim has been abducted
- Police have reasonable grounds to believe the victim is in imminent danger
- Police have obtained enough descriptive information about the victim, abductor and/or the vehicle involved
- Police believe that the alert can be issued in a time frame that will provide a reasonable expectation that the child can be returned or the abductor apprehended