WOONSOCKET â Police havenât updated the Amber Alert yet, but they say theyâre no longer looking for a gray Chevy van thought to have been associated with the disappearance of six-year-old Daniel Britt.
Britt was last seen with his mother, Andria, 35, on Jan. 8. Based on medical records released by a Family Court judge Wednesday, police say they believe the child â and his mother â are both in danger.
âThe danger cuts both ways,â said Detective Sgt. Matthew Ryan, speaking during a press briefing outside headquarters Thursday morning. âAt this point everything stands status quo. We still do not know the whereabouts of Daniel and his mother.â
A selective Amber Alert covering Washington State, Rhode Island, and parts of neighboring Massachusetts for the boy, his mother, and a red 2004 Ford Focus, with R.I. registration 942-649, in which they are believed to be traveling was issued Wednesday afternoon.
A 1992 Chevy Astro van registered to Andriaâs father in Washington State was added to the Amber Alert a few hours later. But Ryan said police have been in touch with the father and have learned that he is not driving the van. Ryan said police are still trying to interview other relatives of Andria Britt in Washington State.
Police said a number of leads were triggered by the Amber Alert.
âPhone calls are coming in,â Ryan said. âWe are following up as we speak.â
Police wouldnât elaborate on the nature of the information gleaned from Brittâs medical records, but itâs clear they found it alarming enough to request an Amber Alert. Such alerts are reserved for confirmed abductions in which a child is at risk of immediate harm or death.
Sean Britt, Andriaâs estranged husband, told The Call Wednesday that she was previously charged with neglecting Daniel and for that reason was allowed only supervised custody visits. He said the last time he saw his son was on Jan. 3. She was scheduled to transfer custody of Daniel to him during a prearranged meeting on Jan. 8, but she never showed up.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Britt on charges of felony child snatching.
Daniel is 4 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 50 pounds. His mother is 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 120 pounds, with short hair that was dyed blond when she was last seen.
Addressing a phalanx of television cameras, Police Chief Thomas Carey made a public plea for Britt to turn herself in.
âWherever you are, please contact your local police,â he said.
Follow Russ Olivo on Twitter @woonsocketcall.com