Claims That Triggered Amber Alert Investigated

April 11, 2012

A Manchester man who was the focus of an Amber Alert last week was reunited with his son Wednesday, and police are now investigating claims made by the man’s wife.

Shortly after an Amber Alert was triggered April 2, Kelly Soucy was found at a Days Inn hotel in Concord with his 18-month-old son. Soucy said he rented a room the night before after an argument with his estranged wife.

“I got away from her and took my son to a nice, quiet place,” he said. “I checked in and told the fellow that works there what was going on. He even gave me a discount on the room, saying, ‘I’ve been through that.'”

Soucy said he had no idea at the time that his wife went to police claiming he had a gun, was in a fragile state of mind and took off with their son. Police said those claims were enough to warrant an Amber Alert.

The couple’s son, Waylon, was returned to his father two days later after a joint police and Department of Children, Youth and Families investigation revealed he was of sound mind and not a danger to his son.

“I got him back Tuesday morning,” Soucy said. “Wednesday, I found out she was up to something.”

Soucy said that on April 4, his wife, Crystal Soucy, filed a motion making an almost identical claim to the one that triggered the Amber Alert.

“I am scared for my children,” she said in the motion. “My husband put a loaded gun to his head and pulled the trigger, then took my son.”

A judge granted emergency custody and sheriff’s deputies removed Waylon from his father again.

“I left my son with my brother,” Kelly Soucy said. “He called me on the phone, crying, saying, ‘I can’t stop them. They’re taking him.’ I talked to the sheriff. He was very sympathetic.”

Kelly Soucy said he got a lawyer to fight back.

“We filed our own ex parte including documentation from DCYF and a lot more background,” said lawyer Michael Anderson of The Legal Connection.

The emergency hearing never happened. The couple agreed on a parenting plan and by noon Wednesday, Kelly Soucy had his son back. But he and his lawyer are raising concerns about the process.

“It’s terrible that all somebody has to do is cry wolf and they can keep doing it, and things get put out against you,” Kelly Soucy said.

Kelly Soucy said he owns a gun legally, but he said he never had his gun out around his son.

Manchester police said they are investigating claims made by Crystal Soucy, but they have not determined if charges will be filed.

Crystal Soucy declined to comment.

Source: wmur.com