Jovani Ligurgo, John Ligurgo III

Suffolk County Police

State Lawmaker Seeks Changes In Amber Alert Policies After L.I. Toddler's Death

June 21, 2018 - 10:43 am

BAY SHORE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the lack of an Amber Alert in the murder of a 2-year-old Long Island boy, who was killed after being kidnapped by his father.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported Thursday, state Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) cannot understand how authorities did not issue an Amber alert in the case of Jovani Ligurgo.

“The child was abducted by his father. The father’s condominium was set on fire, and it was reported that the father had a gun, and yet, the Amber alert system said, ‘Well, we did not think that child was in danger,’” Boyle said.

Jovani was murdered after his father drove from Long Island to Virginia.

The Suffolk County police commissioner said the department asked for an alert, but it is up to state police. The New York State Police said in a statement that the father had no violent history, and that is why an alert was not issued.

Boyle has proposed legislation to allow a commission to be formed to see what changes can be made.

“We passed legislation last night in the state Senate, and it’s awaiting passage in the Assembly, that would create a commission – a blue-ribbon panel of experts, who will look at the Amber alert system, and look at the criteria and technology to make sure that every child in New York state is made safe,” he said.