Mother who triggered Amber Alert faces charges

By Lindsey Stokes
Staff Writer

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A woman who triggered an Amber Alert after fleeing Pennsylvania with her infant son is now facing charges.

The alert was issued at 1:45 a.m. Saturday morning for 36-year-old Tiffany Cherry and her 2 ½- month-old son, Quavai. Cherry fled Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania after she was told to seek emergency medical care for him because he was severely dehydrated.

At her court appearance Monday Cherry was released on $250 bail.  Her son is in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

About an hour after the Amber Alert was issued a nurse at Boston Children’s Hospital, where Cherry sought treatment for Quavai, recognized the pair and contacted police.

At her bail hearing Monday Cherry’s attorney Stephen Weymouth said he thought the event was “overblown” and an improper use of an Amber Alert.

Cherry faces a fugitive from justice charge on two warrants issued out of Pittston, Pennsylvania, after she failed to take her son to the hospital there, according to the office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

She also faces charges stemming from warrants issued in 2002 and 2010 related to prostitution and motor vehicle violations in Dorchester and Somerville, according to Boston police.

Cherry’s family said she was just trying to be a good mother and were distressed at the fact that she would not be able to breastfeed Quavai.