Chad Phillips, 33, surrendered to police Thursday in
The Amber Alert ended shortly after Phillips called New Haven Police Chief Michael Sweet around 11:15 a.m. Thursday.
“He identified who he was and said that he had heard that an Amber Alert had been put out, and last thing he wanted to do is to have that happen,” said Sweet. “So he wanted to know what he should do.”
Sweet told Phillips to stay put. He asked if the boys were safe.
“He actually held his phone up, and they all said hi to me,” said Sweet.
Sweet contacted police in
“It was very clear he had no intentions of harming his kids,” said Sweet. “He was merely bringing them back to
FOX Fort Wayne has learned new details about what led to this custody fight. According to police reports, officers were called three times in four days earlier this year as Phillips and his ex-wife fought over their kids.
On January 9, 2010, the boys' mother called police, concerned about Phillips hitting one of the boys with a belt on his bare bottom. But police never found any evidence.
The next day, January 10, Phillips called the cops, saying his ex-wife had ransacked the apartment and taken the boys.
Two days later, on January 12, police intervened as the couple fought over the kids at a bus stop. Phillips couldn't prove he had custody, however, so his ex-wife took the boys to
Now Phillips is facing charges of interfering with a custody order. But Chief Sweet credits Phillips with calling police.
“He had the confidence and the trust in us, in New Haven Police Department, to call us and ask for our opinion, and then listen to it, and do what I asked him to do,” said Sweet.
Chad Phillips is in custody in