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2 young Sikeston brothers found safe after alleged kidnapping by father

Clarence "Eugene" Phillips is suspected of kidnapping his two young sons, whom he doesn't have parental rights over. (Source: Sikeston DPS) Clarence "Eugene" Phillips is suspected of kidnapping his two young sons, whom he doesn't have parental rights over. (Source: Sikeston DPS)
Alexander Phillips (Source: Sikeston DPS) Alexander Phillips (Source: Sikeston DPS)
Logan Phillips (Source: Sikeston DPS) Logan Phillips (Source: Sikeston DPS)
SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) -

Two young brothers who were believed to have been kidnapped by their non-custodial father in Sikeston, Missouri have been found safe.

Capt. Jim McMillen with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety says the boys were found Friday around 8 a.m.

Their father, Clarence "Eugene" Phillips, 38, was taken into custody.

DPS received a tip that Phillips and the two boys, Alexander Phillips, 8, and Logan Phillips, 6, were walking on Malone near Edwards Street in Sikeston.

Officers found Phillips walking on Rogers Street in Miner. He told police he had just dropped the boys off at a home on Russell Street. Police found the boys safe.

The search for the boys started Thursday afternoon after Sikeston DPS received a call about two missing brothers who got off the school bus on Russell Street around 4 p.m.

Officers were told by witnesses that the father, who police say has no parental rights, took the children and left in a silver Dodge Ram, extended cab.

Police say the truck is possibly around a 2010 model.

Police say it was reported that the father was with another unknown person who was driving the truck.

Captain J. McMillen, with the Sikeston DPS, said Clarence "Eugene" Phillips is wanted through a Scott County Court for failure to appear on a traffic offense.

Police did not issue an Amber Alert on the two boys because the case did not meet all five specific criteria set by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Those five criteria include:

  • Officers have a reasonable belief that an abduction happened
  • There must be a description of the crime, victim or suspect
  • The victim must be under 17 years old
  • This information must be entered into the National Crime Information Center database
  • Law enforcement must believe the child is in danger of serious bodily harm

The first four were met by the Phillips case, but when it came to the final criteria, officers felt the boys were not in any danger from their father.

"Parental disputes do not apply unless a possibility of harm to the child has been determined," according to the AMBER Plan on the MSHP website.

Investigators say the standards are in place to make sure that Amber Alerts are meaningful and worth your attention.

"We don't want Amber Alerts to be going off needlessly, or carelessly, because that program is a great program," Capt. Jim McMillen said. "But when those alerts go out too frequently, we get that 'crying wolf syndrome' and people will start ignoring it."

While an alert wasn't issued, Capt. McMillen said these types of cases are taken very seriously.

They rely on neighboring departments, the media and social media to help get the information out quickly.

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