AMBER Alert issued for Michigan child

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UPDATE: The AMBER Alert has been called off. More details here.

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Amber Alert: Ayden Casteels

ROMULUS, Mich.–An AMBER Alert has been issued for a child who was last seen early Saturday morning.

The alert states Ayden Casteels, 16 months, was last seen at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Romulus. It says the boy was abducted by an unknown male suspect from there just before 2:30 a.m.–Casteels was in the car during a carjacking.

AMBER Alert suspect - Romulus

The unknown suspect is described as a black man in his 30s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, around 150 pounds with a thin build, and last seen wearing a blue jogging suit.

Casteels is a white male with brown eyes and brown hair. He’s 2 feet 5 inches tall, 20 pounds, and was last seen wearing a red/black checkered short sleeve shirt and black faded jeans with teal Jordan shoes.

The vehicle is a red 1997 Saturn 2-door. Michigan license plate number is ACU559, and it has a broken mirror.

If you have any information concerning this AMBER Alert, please call 911 immediately.


UPDATE: Many of our viewers had different experiences in receiving the AMBER Alert–some said they got a phone alert, while others only learned about it because of our post. Michigan State Police said the reason for that is because the phone alert they pushed out was set only for southeastern Michigan, plus a few select counties. Basically, they said, anyone within 100 miles of Romulus received the alert. If not enough information comes in to find the missing child, MSP officials said it’s possible they would push out a state-wide one.

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  • Joshua

    This is terrible. Praying this young child is safe and not subjected to abuse, neglect, or even just abandonment before he’s found. People that do things like this are grotesquely evil individual and I hope this guy is caught and spends the rest of his life in a prison cell. Perhaps isolated so he can feel this young boy’s pain of being separated from his mother (whom I also hope and pray is alright through this tragic incident). I’ve been carjacked so I understand the shock and terror, however I canNOT imagine losing my baby to that crazed sick individual.

  • Joshua

    Looking back I noticed that the article doesn’t mention who the boy was with during the abduction, so whoever was with him I wish them well.

  • Dani

    If the high jacker is reading this, please bring the baby to a safe location so he can be connected with his mother! A car is replaceable but a human being is not! You can steal a car but stealing someones baby, their light and joy is evil and so wrong. Bring him to safety and vanish and never let yourself be involved with theft again, you don’t need that life style! I pray that Jesus protects that little boy and brings him home happy and healthy!

  • nicole

    Thats crazy ..he looks young .probably didnt even know the baby was in their n now hes going to be charged with kidnapping on top of auto theft ….hope the baby had returns to its family and the family learns to not have a baby out at 2:30 in the a.m

    • dani

      On top of all of this, you are judging the parent(s) for what time they were out? You have no clue as to what their situation is so you are just as wrong. So you’re saying they deserved this? I have to work late and as a single parent I have to pick my child up after work. Around 11 pm or 12am sometimes. So if I’m in the car with my 2 year old at that time does that mean I deserve it? You should be ashamed of yourself. Wtf is your problem? They could’ve been hard-working people and you’re saying they got what they deserved. Pathetic.

    • Jeff


      You sound as ignorant as the person that carjacked the car. You are right the baby should have been home sleeping, but to say maybe now the family will learn, really? Worried about the carjacker getting charged with kidnapping too? Give me a break. How about don’t break the law, and don’t take things from people that aren’t yours. Or better yet get a job, instead of stealing from people.

  • Tra cy Byrd

    The Amber alert is a beautiful arrangement because one committing the crime may get it too and stop and dip the right thing

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