Boy, Mom Found Safe in Rhode Island

A 3-year-old Simsbury boy and his mother who were the subject of an Amber Alert have been found safe in Rhode Island, according to Simsbury police.

An Amber Alert was issued for Anthony Bunce and his mother, Yolanda Bunce, around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday after an incident at the State Armory on Broad Street in Hartford, according to police.  

Co-workers of the boy's father told police that Yolanda Bunce showed up at the Armory around 3 p.m. and wanted to speak to Anthony's father, Edward Bunce, a member of the Connecticut National Guard.  

They said she was incoherent,  dropped off miscellaneous items and then drove off with the 3-year-old in a black 2006 Volvo S60 bearing Connecticut license plate 881 YCN.

Police said they believed Yolanda Bunce was intoxicated. There had been an earlier indication that police had tracked a signal from her cell phone to East Granby, but that was not the case.

The pair was found in Scituate, Rhode Island around 8:30 p.m.

The Amber Alert lasted less than two hours on Thursday. Yolanda Bunce hasn’t been charged, but that could change, according to Simsbury police.

“When I hear a child goes missing, it’s a scary thought,” said Ben Todd.“It’s just scary to think that things like this do happen.”

“I think it’s great that he’s been found. After traveling such a long distance, I’m sure he’s probably scared,” said Wilbert Babbitt. “I’m sure the dad’s probably happy.”

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