Reeves Chastinea

Chastinea Reeves

CROWN POINT — A deputy prosecutor has asked the court to dismiss a motion to suppress evidence in a case against a 17-year-old accused of fatally stabbing her mother because the girl's attorney failed to specify what evidence he believes is inadmissible.

Police did not violate any laws when they issued an Amber Alert for Chastinea Reeves, Deputy Lake County Prosecutor Maureen Koonce wrote in a response to Reeves' motion.

Indiana State Police standard operating procedures — which outline the criteria for issuing an Amber Alert — "do not confer rights" upon Indiana residents or govern state or federal law, Koonce wrote.

"In addition to the defendant's failure to allege that the Amber Alert offended any constitutional or statutory rights, there is no derivative evidence to suppress," the state's response says. "The defendant fails to specify any 'evidence seized,' 'observations made' or 'statements taken' as a direct or indirect result of the issuance of the Amber Alert."

The state filed its response Tuesday to Reeves' motion to suppress.

Reeves' attorney, John Cantrell, asked the court to "suppress all evidence seized, all observations made, and all statements taken as a direct result of the misuse of the Amber Alert system."

Cantrell said police misused the system for missing and endangered children when they requested an Amber Alert for then-15-year-old Reeves at 4:53 p.m. Feb. 13, 2017. Reeves' mother had been found dead earlier that day in their Gary home.

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Police knew Reeves had not been abducted, because of a 911 call from a woman who told them Reeves had walked to her home after the homicide, Cantrell said.

Amber Alert criteria include "the child must be believed to be abducted and in danger of serious bodily harm or death," the motion to suppress states.

Cantrell alleged police fraudulently used the system to "generate information regarding a fugitive of the law."

A hearing on Reeves' motion to suppress is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. March 8 before Lake Criminal Court Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan.

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