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Woman hires attorney after mistakenly being identified as Amber Alert suspect

They later sent a correction, identifying a different woman, Jazzlyn Tommyniks Simmons, as the suspect. Source: WLBT They later sent a correction, identifying a different woman, Jazzlyn Tommyniks Simmons, as the suspect. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

A woman, who was incorrectly identified by officials as a suspect in an Amber Alert case, has hired an attorney who will be independently investigating how the mix-up occurred.

MBI issued an Amber Alert Tuesday for 6-year-old Samiyah Gaines. In MBI’s 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. They later sent out a photo of a different woman, Jazzlyn Tommynik Simmons, as the suspect.

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Simmons hired an attorney, who released this statement to the media Thursday:

“It is apparent that officials with the Jackson Police Department and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation 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 request all print and broadcast media issue a full retraction or correction to reflect that she was not involved in this alleged kidnapping.”

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