New details released in Tuesday's AMBER alert, arrest

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Posted on October 9, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 5:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- New developments released Wednesday in the abduction of a Hart County, Ky. toddler shed more light on the circumstances behind the AMBER alert.

Police said in a news conference Wednesday that Joshua Yaeger, 24, took 2-year-old Jaylynn Maxey Friday after assaulted the girl's mother and 8-month-old baby in the parking lot of a Louisville Walmart Friday.

It was then that Metro Police said they requested the Kentucky State Police issue and AMBER alert, but that request was denied.  Kentucky State Police said the criteria for an AMBER alert was eventually met Tuesday and the alert was sent.

Police caught up with Yeager after a high-speed chase along I-65.  He was arrested and is being housed in the Hardin County Detention Center.

He is charged with two counts of wanton endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor, fleeing or evading police, criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident, operating on a suspended license and violating an EPO. Yeager may be facing additional charges stemming from other warrants, police said.

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