A woman who was falsely identified in a recent AMBER Alert has lawyered up.
On Tuesday night, the alert was issued for 6-year-old Samiyah Gaines of Jackson, and the MBI said that the girl may be with a woman named Jasmine Simmons, and included a photo of her. According to the JPD, the child was returned safely to police by a “third party” later that night, and a different woman, Jazzlyn Simmons, was eventually arrested and charged with kidnapping.
Now, Jasmine Simmons has hired Warren L. Martin, a personal attorney, who released the following statement on the matter.
“My law firm has been retained by Jasmine Alexandria Simmons. It is apparent that officials with the Jackson Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations released the name, image and identity of Ms. Simmons, in error, relative to a recent Amber alert. Ms. Simmons was not involved in this incident, and she does not know any of those allegedly involved. While public safety concerns are always important, so are individual rights of privacy. Errors like these are inexcusable and further erode public confidence and trust in law enforcement. My firm will conduct an independent, thorough investigation as to why this breakdown occurred, and will aggressively protect the rights of Ms. Simmons. My client requests all print and broadcast media issue a full retraction or correction to reflect that she was not involved in this alleged kidnapping.”
Jasmine has reportedly stated that police showed up to her home in search of the child, and that she was handcuffed.