Le-Rail Johnson: AMBER ALERT canceled for missing 2-year-old Riviera Beach boy

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UPDATE:

The Amber Alert issued earlier today for a missing 2 year-old from Riviera Beach has been canceled. There is still an active investigation to locate the child, however, due to additional information being provided, the case no longer meets all criteria for an Amber Alert, officials say.

EARLIER STORY:

Police say a Florida AMBER Alert has been issued for Le-Rail Johnson.

They say he was last seen in the 1100 block of Wright Street in Riviera Beach.

The child may be with Cassandra Edmonds and could be traveling in a 2012, blue Chrysler 300, Minnesota tag number 671KRT.

The child is a two-year-old African-American boy with black hair and brown eyes. He’s about 2 feet tall and weighs 25 pounds.
Cassandra Edmonds is 36, with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5’5” and weighs 140 lbs.

The Florida Department of Children and Families says it began an investigation two days ago after a tip to the Florida Abuse Hotline.

From the allegations DCF decided two children needed to be sheltered. While investigating the case DCF discovered Le-Rail Johnson was also living in the household. The department says once the child is found it will request that he be sheltered as well.

Minnesota court records obtained by the Contact 5 Investigators reveal a 2013 child support case involving Cassandra Edmonds and Samantha Johnson. 

On Friday, a source close to the investigation confirmed to Contact 5 that Samantha Johnson named in that child support case is the biological mother of 2 year old Le-Rail. It is not known, however, if this child support case involved the toddler police are now searching for.

Johnson is currently behind bars in a Minnesota prison for violating probation on past drug charges. She is 25 years old and has a history of convictions for crimes ranging from disorderly conduct and burglary to selling drugs.

The Contact 5 Investigators have confirmed Cassandra Edmonds has family ties to Riviera Beach. 

If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Johnson or Edmonds, please contact FDLE or the
Riviera Beach Police Department at 561-845-4123 or 911.

In Florida, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is the only agency that can issue an AMBER Alert if the following five criteria are met:

-The child is under the age of 18.
-There must be clear indication of abduction.
-Law enforcement must think the child's life is in danger.
-There must be a detailed description of the child, possible abductor and vehicle.
-The activation must also be recommended by local police.

"Time is our enemy in urgent cases so obviously the sooner we get the word out the better. The good news here is that we have a good description of the vehicle so the public has something to look for and the public helps us find missing kids," said Nancy McBride with the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children.


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