A nationwide Amber Alert was issued by authorities on March 11 for a 2-year-old girl believed to be with a man considered armed and dangerous.
The girl, Noelani Robinson, was last seen on Monday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Officials believe she was taken by Dariaz Higgins, who is also known as Dariaz Taylor and Dariaz Lewis.
Higgins, 33, with black hair, facial hair, brown eyes, and tattoos on his neck and forehead, is accused of not returning the little girl to her mother as planned at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.
Investigators think he has connections in Florida and Las Vegas and that he could be headed to either place. He was last seen driving a black SUV.
Noelani is described as having black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is urged to call 911.
Please help my find my niece Noelani Robinson she’s only 2 years old. She was last seen with this man known as DL In Milwaukee, WI. This man is armed and dangerous if you see her or him please call (725)200-7904 & 911
PLEASE RETWEET AND GET THE WORD AROUND!!!#Viral #amberalert pic.twitter.com/Mzm3nSqdL7
— Kashmere ???? (@zb_rinah) March 12, 2019
BREAKING: Amber alert. This is why your phone buzzed. Missing child: Nolani J Robinson, FB, 11/24/2017 and the suspect – Dariaz L Higgins MB 03/22/1985 . Dariaz last seen operating a 2014 black Cadillac with FLORIDA license plate HVCZ95.
Dariaz is armed and dangerous. pic.twitter.com/vEXTNJSKsD
— Ben Handelman (@BenHandelman) March 12, 2019
Alert Linked to Shooting
The Milwaukee Police Department said that the alert was linked to a deadly shooting. Police said that Higgins is wanted for a double shooting involving two women.
The victims were identified as Sierra Robinson and an unnamed woman.
Robinson was killed while the other woman was injured.
While police didn’t name either as Noelani’s mother, family members told WISN that Robinson was the girl’s mother.
.@MilwaukeePolice confirms the connection between the #AmberAlert and the shooting at 91st/Mill. Sierra Robinson was shot and killed. Authorities continue to search for her daughter, Noelani. She’s believed to be with Dariaz Higgins. He was seen driving a dark blue suv. @CBS58 pic.twitter.com/dAtaoF1Rdb
— Jacquelyn Abad (@JacquelynAbadTV) March 12, 2019
This still feel so unreal . We’re just sitting in my room on Friday smoking woods and laughing and now your gone. I can’t believe it ???? . I’m going to miss you big sis, Rest In Peace and don’t worry we’re going to get Noelani Back I promise ????????I love you big sis???? pic.twitter.com/ojUzVLr05x
— ????️????????????♀️ (@Pushaa_theGOAT) March 12, 2019
There were 464,324 missing children reported in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center in 2017, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Under federal law, when a child is reported missing to law enforcement they must be entered into the database. In 2016, there were 465,676 entries.
“This number represents reports of missing children. That means if a child runs away multiple times in a year, each instance would be entered into NCIC separately and counted in the yearly total. Likewise, if an entry is withdrawn and amended or updated, that would also be reflected in the total,” the center noted.
In 2017, the center said it assisted officers and families with the cases of more than 27,000 missing children. In those cases, 91 percent were endangered runaways, and 5 percent were family abductions. About one in seven children reported missing to the center in 2017 were likely victims of child sex trafficking.
According to the Polly Klaas Foundation, approximately 200,000 children are kidnapped each year by a family member.
Child custody experts say that people kidnap their own children to force a reconciliation or continued interaction with the other, left-behind parent; to spite or punish the other parent; or from fear of losing custody or visitation rights. In rare cases, the kidnapping may occur to protect a child from a parent who is believed to be abusing the child.
Common warnings signs include the other parent threatening abduction, suspected abuse, or paranoid delusion.