Mother involved in statewide Amber Alert apologizes to the community

A mother who took her 1-year-old son from supervised visitation in Columbus over the weekend, generating a statewide Amber Alert, is apologizing for causing people to worry after the child was reported missing.

“I want to apologize. I know what happens in people’s hearts when they think a child is being harmed. I apologize for putting them through that,” Rhoades said in an interview at The Republic Tuesday morning. “I want to thank them for caring.”

Rhoades, 43, of Columbus, was held in the Bartholomew County Jail for 48 hours and then released on her own recognizance after being arrested on a preliminary charge of interference with custody, jail officials said.

She was accused of abducting her 1-year-old son, Solomon Rhoades, from a home in the 3300 block of Sycamore Street, her mother’s home, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night. That resulted in an Amber Alert being issued at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, indicating police believed the boy was in extreme danger. Rhoades returned to the Sycamore Street home at 9:15 a.m. Sunday with Solomon, who was unharmed and was subsequently turned over to Child Protective Services, his mother said.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.