On Wednesday, April 13, 2022, just before noon, a 6-week-old child was taken from his temporary residence at the 400 block of South Appletree Street in Dothan, AL by his mother Alexis Richards and her male companion Mauquez, according to Banks. The child had been placed at this temporary address as part of a safety plan put in place by the Department of Human Resources (DHR) a few days earlier.
Alexis Richards was only allowed supervised visits. Alexis Richards and Mauquez Banks went unannounced and unplanned to the residence where the child had been placed and took the child away without the knowledge of the child’s current guardian. When Dothan Police were notified of this incident, information was gathered and sent as soon as possible to record a Yellow Alert. Shortly after Amber Alert aired, the child was located with Alexis Richards and another family member in Midland City, AL. The child was safe and had not been harmed in any way.
The Dothan Police Department would like to thank all agencies that participated in this investigation including: FBI, Dale County Sheriff’s Department, Ozark Police Department, Troy Police Department, Midland City Police Department, ALEA and the Alabama Fusion Center. The cooperation of all these units resulted in the safe return of this child.
So far, Alexis Richards, 22, of Dothan, has been charged with interference with custody. The investigation is ongoing and charges against Mauquez Banks could be possible in the future.