An upset mother is claiming negligence led to last Thursday’s Amber Alert involving her 14-year-old daughter.
“It could’ve ended way worse than what it could have been,” said April Northrop of Bergen.
Her daughter, 14-year-old Kamerie Elliot, was reported missing from Byron-Bergen High School last Thursday, only to later be found in Pennsylvania with 22-year-old Guillermo Torres-Acevedo.
“He knows how to make these underage girls believe and feel sorry for him,” Northrop said.
But Northrop blames the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office for letting Torres-Acevedo out of jail just before her daughter disappeared, even though he was facing unrelated charges of rape and endangering a child, and even though they knew about his relationship with her daughter.
“If I can’t depend on law enforcement to help protect my daughter, how do I?” Northrop said.
Earlier last month, Northrop says Elliot had skipped hanging out with a friend to see Torres-Acevedo and was seen at a gas station by family.
They notified the Sheriff’s Office, who reportedly told her nothing could be done because her daughter went of her own free will. They reported only verbally warned Torres-Acevedo to stay away.
“I wasn’t really happy with that, so I ended up calling the courts to see what I could do, as a parent, to keep him away from her," Northrop said. "They told me to call state police, so I notified them, and they said the sheriff’s office who told me that was wrong, and to call them back and ask to speak with someone else.”
But before she could, Northrop says Elliot was found missing from her bedroom just days before the Amber Alert and that state police found Elliot with Torres-Acevedo. He was arrested and released a few days later.
“It was kinda like a slap on the hand, and they trusted his instincts that he wouldn’t go near her and that he would show up to his supervision appointment that morning which he never showed up to,” Northrop said.
But she doesn’t just blame the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
Northrop says surveillance video from school showed Elliot getting off the bus Thursday morning and going directly into Torres-Acevedo’s van.
He was waiting in the parking lot. Together, they fled to Pennsylvania.
“I’m not ready to send her back to school. Is she going to be safe to go back to school?” Northrop said.
Torres-Acevedo was evaluated as being a low flight risk, and she worries that when he returns to New York to face charges of rape, criminal sex acts and endangerment not connected to the Amber Alert, he could be released again.
“If he can do it to Kamerie, he can do it to how many more if we don’t stop this?” Northrop said.
Requests for comment have been left with both Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and the high school but neither have yet provided a response.