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Boy, father found safe in shed after Carroll County Amber Alert

A 12-year-old boy who was last seen Friday was found safe with his father in Carroll County on Tuesday, Maryland State Police said.

The search ended after police tracked the pair, plus the family dog, to a shed about 1.5 miles from the 100 block of Kate Wagner Road, said Maj. Dan Pickett, state police commander of special operations.

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An Amber Alert issued Monday for Maxx Geiger was canceled at about 11 a.m. Tuesday. The boy and his father, Christopher Geiger, 35, were taken by ambulance to Carroll Hospital Center.

Christopher Geiger was taken into police custody without incident about 10:40 a.m. Tuesday after negotiations with the Maryland State Police Crisis Negotiation Team, Pickett said.

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The child’s father, whom Pickett said has parental rights to his son, hasn’t been charged, and the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office will determine whether to file charges pending an ongoing investigation, police said.

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“I’m very happy ... that we recovered a child safely,” Pickett said. “Nobody was injured. It’s a good day. It’s a great day.” Amber alerts are critical, and cooperation from the law enforcement agencies involved is the key, Pickett said.

A nearly 100-member search team found the father and son at 8:45 a.m. after combing 1.5 miles of woods for 15 hours, according to state police. The team searched throughout the night on foot, with ATVs and by air.

Police discovered Christopher Geiger’s black 2021 Jeep Wrangler at 5 p.m. on Monday. It was unoccupied and parked in a farm field in the 100 block of Kate Wagner Road in Westminster.

The boy’s mother had reported him missing to Hampstead Police Department at 1:30 p.m. Monday after he was a no-show at school. Christopher Geiger was last seen picking up his son from school on Friday.

There were no injuries to civilians or law enforcement personnel reported, state police said.

More than a dozen agencies assisted in the search including Maryland State Police K-9 and ATV Units, Hampstead Police, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Westminster Police and local fire departments.

Baltimore Sun reporter McKenna Oxenden contributed to this article.


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