5-year-old boy found safe after being kidnapped by his non-custodial mother

Daphne Moorer (left) and Jamari Knox.


Birmingham police say they have located a 5-year-old boy who was kidnapped by his non-custodial mother. An investigative team working to find the child located Jamari Knox around 12:10 a.m. Friday. The child was unharmed and is now back in DHR custody.

Police say the mother, Daphne Moorer, is now in police custody.

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The Birmingham Police Department reports that they are searching for a 5-year-old boy who was kidnapped by his biological, non-custodial mother Thursday afternoon during a supervised visit at the Department of Human Resources offices.

Jamari Knox was taken by his mother, Daphne Moorer, 28, at around 2:30 p.m. She is reportedly driving a 2000, red, four-door Chevrolet Impala with Alabama tags. Her license plate number is 74164AV.

The little boy was last seen wearing blue shorts and a t-shirt. Moorer was last seen wearing white pants, a green top and black sandals. She may also be wearing glasses and her hair in a ponytail.

Moorer reportedly suffers from paranoid schizophrenia which is a chronic mental illness in which a person loses touch with reality.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Knox and Moorer, please contact the Birmingham Police Department at 205-328-9311 or call 911.

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