New Updates About Monday's Amber Alert, Alerts Did the Job

By Staci DaSilva |

Published 01/28 2014 06:36PM

Updated 01/28 2014 06:43PM

New details about Monday's Amber Alert issued for 12-year old Sunderland boy found with his mother in Lyme, NH.

His mother, a French woman living in Manchester, New Hampshire, could face 5 years in prison.

Police say she kidnapped her son in Vermont.

According to reports, a witness recognized Patricia Kane and Zachary Lee from the Amber Alert after spotting them earlier that day at a New Hampshire restaurant.

For just the second time, Vermont State Police issued an Amber Alert Monday night.

“It's a good thing that we've actually only had to issue an Amber alert 2 times in the last 10 years. Last time being Brooke Bennett, and then last night,” said Col. Tom Lesperance with the Vermont State Police.

Brooke Bennett's story ended tragically in 2008. The Braintree 12-year old was found dead in Randolph.

Justice was served last August.

Bennett's uncle, Michael Jacques, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and killing her. Monday night's Amber Alert had a happier ending.

Police say 12-year old Zachary Lee, who lives in a foster home in Sunderland, VT, was found alive and well about 3 hours after the Amber Alert was released.

He was at a Lyme, New Hampshire hotel with his mother, Patricia Kane.

“The mother has a past history of kidnapping the child in France. There is still a certain level of dysfunction that has to be looked at within the family dynamic,” explained Col. Lesperance.

Police credit the Amber Alert EMS system for finding them so quickly.

“It was the Amber alert that caused the witness to know later in the evening when they saw the Amber alert, that they were actually looking at the child and his mother,” said Col. Lesperance.

Most phones in the area should have received an emergency alert. While some did, a lot did not.

Police admit there are lessons to be learned.

“We're going to look back and see what went right and what went wrong and what we can do better. That's what we have to look at but there are some other thing glitches that took place,” said Col. Lesperance.

Patricia Kane is being held on $200,000 bail. Once extradited back to Bermont, she faces 2 felony charges and potentially 5 years in prison.

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