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    Louisiana Amber Alert ends with one child dead in Mississippi

    By Cameron SmithKaitlin Howell,

    2024-06-13

    JACKSON, Miss. ( WJTV ) – A search for two Louisiana girls, who were abducted after their mother was killed, has ended tragically in Mississippi.

    Jackson Police Chief Joseph Wade said the suspect at the center of an Amber Alert , 36-year-old Daniel Callihan, was captured on Boozier Drive off of McCluer Road in Jackson after a chase.

    According to Wade, 4-year-old Erin Brunett was found deceased in a wooded area. Her sister, 6-year-old Jalie Brunett, was taken to a Jackson hospital for treatment.

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    “Horrible, horrible, tragic situation. You don’t want to see that as a chief. You don’t want to see that as a father, to see this baby that is on the ground that has lost her life. This is an innocent 4-year-old child that’s no longer with us because of the actions of a coward, a coward who took this child from her family,” said Wade.

    The Jackson police chief said there was evidence of possible human trafficking at the location on Boozier Drive, including small animal cages. Wade said Jackson police have contacted the Human Trafficking Divisions of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) and Hinds County to assess the scene.

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    Authorities said the Amber Alert was issued for the two girls, who were abducted after their mother was killed in Loranger, Louisiana, on Thursday, June 13.

    Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said 35-year-old Callie Brunett was found dead by her father on the floor of her bedroom inside her locked mobile home on North Cooper Road after having been reported missing by her parents 24 hours earlier. They had last spoken to her Tuesday morning.

    Callihan is suspected of killing Callie Brunett. According to the Louisiana State Police, Jalie and Erin were abducted before 8:00 a.m.

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    Wade said he did not believe Callihan was the father of the two children. Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said Callihan is being held in the Rankin County Jail on a courtesy hold.

    WJTV 12 News reached out to the FBI in Jackson about the case. They said, “The FBI is dedicating all available resources and tools at its disposal to this investigation, including Victim Services personnel, who are working closely with the survivors of this unspeakable tragedy.”

    Anyone with additional information about the incident can contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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