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Did you get a repeat of yesterday’s Amber Alert? Here’s why.

An Amber Alert issued Sunday morning out of Western Maryland was only active for about an hour before the missing child was located, and her alleged kidnapper arrested. Even so, some Marylanders may have received duplicate alerts about the case, officials say.

Some Marylanders reported receiving an extra alert related to Sunday's suspected kidnapping reported in Garrett County. Officials say some individuals received the alert Monday, long after the young girl was located, due to issues related to their WiFi connection.
Some Marylanders reported receiving an extra alert related to Sunday's suspected kidnapping reported in Garrett County. Officials say some individuals received the alert Monday, long after the young girl was located, due to issues related to their WiFi connection.
An Amber alert was issued on Sept. 27 for a 9-month-old girl who was allegedly abducted by her mother's boyfriend.
An Amber alert was issued on Sept. 27 for a 9-month-old girl who was allegedly abducted by her mother's boyfriend. (Courtesy of Baltimore Sun staff)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency reported that all mobile carriers acknowledged the Amber Alert’s cancellation at 12:47 p.m. Sunday, said Ron Snyder, spokesman for the Maryland State Police, which helps to send out Amber Alerts from local law enforcement agencies.

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But WiFi-related issues could be behind duplicate Amber Alerts on Marylanders' cell phones, Snyder said.

“In some areas where phones are connected to WiFi they get the message when reconnecting to the network. This is what led to the double or delayed alert,” Snyder wrote in an email.

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In addition, individuals who traveled through different states recently might have received the alert from each state they passed through, Snyder added.

The subject of the alert, a 9-month-old girl, was located unharmed in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, about 15 minutes north of Grantsville, Maryland, where the incident was reported to police.

Police arrested Keith Kyle, 35, of Meyersdale, and charged him with kidnapping his girlfriend’s infant. He is also charged with home invasion and assault in connection with the incident, according to a news release from the Maryland State Police.

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