Why multiple Amber Alerts were sent to Michiganders this week

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According to our sister station WOOD 8, officials in charge of the Michigan’s Emergency Alert System and Amber Alert system say the equipment used to send those alerts is likely malfunctioning.

Following an initial alert about a kidnapping Wednesday night in the Upper Peninsula, several repeated alerts even after the suspects were caught and the boy was found safe were sent out.

Michigan State Police say an employee made an error, which caused both the MSP and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send the same alert. Adding they aren’t responsible for any additional alerts that some people received.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters helps the Michigan State Police maintain the Emergency Alert System and are working to find out what happened.

Updates on this developing story will be presented as more information becomes available.

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