Milwaukee police chief Alfonso Morales confirmed that Amarah Banks and her daughters, Camaria Banks and Zaniya Banks were found dead in a garage Sunday, a day after an Amber Alert was issued for the children. The mother’s boyfriend was arrested in Tennessee.
Chief Morales said the family reported that Banks had disappeared from the MPD on February 9. Later it was determined that their children, aged 4 and 5, were also missing.
On Saturday, February 15, police notified MPD in Memphis, Tennessee, that they had contact with Arzel Ivery, 25, of Banks’s boyfriend, Milwaukee. MPD detectives went to Tennessee and talked to Ivery. Chief Morales said Ivery provided information that led investigators to the garage on Sunday, where they discovered the three bodies.
Chief Morales was asked why it took a week to issue the Amber Alert and said there are certain criteria that must be met in order for an Amber Alert to be issued, and noted that foul play was not an initial piece of this investigation.
TESTING IN GARBAGE WASHERS DEAD NEIGHBORHOOD LINKS TO THE LACK CHILD OF SOUTH CAROLINA
The three were reportedly last seen on February 8.
The Amber Alert was issued to the girls on February 15.
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Chief Morales said Sunday that a criminal complaint against Ivery was drafted to allow police to detain Ivery in Memphis.
Online judicial records in Wisconsin showed a felony aggravated assault charge issued Saturday against Ivery outside Milwaukee County, with an arrest warrant issued.
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