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Woman wrongly identified as Amber Alert suspect details her arrest

A Jackson woman spoke to 3 On Your Side after she said she was wrongly identified and arrested in connection to an Amber Alert issued on June 12. Source: WLBT A Jackson woman spoke to 3 On Your Side after she said she was wrongly identified and arrested in connection to an Amber Alert issued on June 12. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Jackson woman spoke to 3 On Your Side after she said she was wrongly identified and arrested in connection to an Amber Alert issued on June 12.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued the Amber Alert Tuesday night for 6-year-old Samiyah Gaines.

In the initial alert, based on information provided by the Jackson Police Department, they identified Jasmine Simmons as the suspect and released her photo to the public.

Later that night, MBI sent out an updated Amber Alert with a photo of a different woman, Jazzlyn Simmons, as the suspect.

We’re told MBI used the updated photo of Jazzlyn Simmons based on a social security number and picture provided by JPD.

However, Jasmine Simmons said she was picked up by JPD from her mother’s home in connection to the incident.

“At first, everybody was thinking that me and my daughter had been kidnapped but then they said I was the one that took the little girl,” Jasmine said. “When they came, it was very shocking because I knew that I hadn’t done anything wrong and I just thought maybe it’s a mistake but when they came I saw this was serious.”

Jasmine said her mother tried talking to officers and attempted to show them the photo of Jazzlyn Simmons that was initially sent out, was not her daughter, Jasmine.

After her family continued to talk to the officer, Jasmine said he told her he had to take her downtown.

“They didn’t have any proof that I was the person,” Jasmine said. “He was like you have to be taken downtown to be investigated by the investigators and that’s when he arrested me and put me in the back of a police car.”

While en route, Jasmine said the officer continued to question her about where the child was and she said she continuously tried to tell the officer she was not the woman they were looking for.

Shortly after the conversation, Jasmine said things took a turn.

“Halfway downtown right before you get to the police headquarters, he got another phone call and they told him I was not the right person,” Jasmine said. “He basically took me back home, he talked to, I guess, the chief and I mean, there was really nothing they could say but that they apologize.”

Jasmine said the police chief contacted her to apologize for the incident and she spent the rest of the night working to get her picture removed from the various Amber Alerts since she was not the correct person police were looking for.

The Amber Alert for Gaines was canceled late Tuesday night and JPD found and charged 24-year-old Jazzlyn Simmons with kidnapping in connection to the case.

Jasmine has since hired an attorney to investigate how the mix up happened.

Click here for her attorney’s statement on the incident. 

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