Slain girl's dad sues Navajo Nation for lack of alert system


January 20, 2017

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — The father of an 11-year-old Navajo girl who was abducted and killed has sued the tribe for failing to have an emergency notification system that he claims would have saved his daughter’s life.

The civil complaint filed last month by Ashlynne Mike’s father, Gary Mike, says the Navajo Nation had numerous opportunities to develop an alert system before Ashlynne was kidnapped near her bus stop in May and found dead a day later. An Amber Alert didn’t go out until the morning after her disappearance, leading to outcry that the public did not get notice of a child in danger during the crucial hours of the search.


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