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Missing mother, infant located in East Anchorage

By KTVA CBS 11 News 9:41 AM August 6, 2014

The Anchorage Police Department says a missing child and his mother, who was wanted on several charges, were located Tuesday night following an anonymous tip.

In a written statement released Monday afternoon, APD said 30-year-old Erica Gibbs faced counts of custodial interference and child neglect. According to police, officers were called to a residence on the 4000 block of San Roberto Avenue July 22 to help the Office of Children’s Services take emergency custody of Gibbs’ son, 4-month-old Dominik Gibbs. When officers arrived, the pair was nowhere to be found, and police said they learned Gibbs had left the home on foot shortly beforehand.

While officers were able to apprehend her near Pine Street and Chena Avenue, they said Gibbs — who has a criminal history — was uncooperative and would not tell them her son’s location. Police said they were unable to find Dominik, despite searching various residences.

Anyone that might be harboring Gibbs or her child could face criminal charges for interfering with the case, police said.

“There’s interference charges, there are other things they could be charged with if we’re able to prove that somehow they were assisting someone in a case like this, so there can be legal repercussions as well,” said APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro. “But obviously the biggest thing is to make sure the child is safe and OK.”

In a written statement released Wednesday morning, APD said Gibbs and her infant son were located at an East Anchorage apartment shortly after 10 p.m. after following up on an anonymous tip submitted through Crime Stoppers earlier Tuesday.

Gibbs was taken into custody without incident, police said.

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