Police cancel Amber Alert issued for missing Greenwood girl


GREENWOOD — The mother of a Center Grove girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert last week will not face criminal charges, the prosecutor said.

The investigation by the Center Grove Police Department, which issued the Amber Alert on Sept. 27, did not have enough evidence to prove Morgan Negri would be guilty of kidnapping or custodial interference, Prosecutor Brad Cooper said.

Center Grove police issued an Amber Alert after Negri took her 7-year-old daughter out of North Grove Elementary School. Earlier that morning, the child’s father had been given full custody of the girl in an emergency court hearing.

Police had no evidence that Negri knew about the hearing or what had been decided that morning, Cooper said. He also has postmarked envelopes showing that Negri had not received notice of the hearing in court that morning, he said.

“There is no evidence she had any knowledge of the new custody order,” Cooper said.

Negri also reported herself to police after hearing the Amber Alert, Cooper said. She and her daughter were at a Greenwood dentist’s office.

Because he cannot show that Negri knowingly and intentionally violated the custody order, Cooper ethically cannot file criminal charges, he said.

Cooper also wants to look into what information the school had gotten that morning to make the police department decide to issue an Amber Alert, he said.

The Amber Alert was issued after Negri took her daughter out of school. Shortly after, the girl’s father had come to the school with the court order, showing he had sole custody of the girl, and then he called 911.

Negri had not showed up for a court hearing that morning in a divorce and custody case that has been pending since 2013. The court ruled the father would get sole custody, and Negri would not have visitation.

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GREENWOOD — An Amber Alert has been issued — the second such alert in as many days — for a young girl missing out of the Greenwood area, officials said.

Seven-year-old Isabella Negri was last seen around 10 a.m. Tuesday in Johnson County.

The girl is described as a white female, standing 3-feet-10-inches tall. She has shoulder-length red hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt, jean shorts, sandals and a purple backpack.

Center Grove Community Corporation Police Department, the agency investigation the case, believes the girl was abducted by her mother, who does not have legal custody of the child, officials said.

Morgan Negri, 27, is a white female standing 5-feet-3-inches tall and weighing 115 pounds. She has long red hair.

Morgan Negri
Morgan Negri

Police believe Negri is driving a gray 2007 Kia Sorento with the Indiana license plate number IU4320.

Anyone with information is asked to call 317-346-6336.

The search for Isabella Negri marks the second time this week Indiana police have issued an Amber Alert while searching for missing children.

Alerts were issued Monday afternoon after siblings Liliana Hernandez, 7, and Rene Pasztor, 6, went missing from the Fort Wayne area. Police believe their mother, Amber Pasztor, is responsible for the kidnapping, officials said.

The children were found dead Monday night in a vehicle in northern Indiana, about 70 miles away from Fort Wayne, according to the Associated Press.

Pasztor was arrested on two counts of murder. She was being held in the Elkhart County jail, according to AP reports.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.