It appeared from an Amber Alert that Chucky, the doll from the 1988 horror flick "Child's Play," was on the loose in Texas last week — but officials have now attributed the bizarre announcement about the fictional doll to a “malfunction.”
An Amber Alert sent out on Jan. 29 claimed that Chucky was a suspect in the kidnapping of the fictional killer doll's 5-year-old son, Glen Ray, who was featured in the 2004 movie, “Seed of Chucky.”
The alert described Chucky as a 3-foot, 1-inch-tall doll wearing “blue denim overalls with multi-colored striped long sleeve shirt wielding a huge kitchen knife."
The alert was mistakenly sent out three times via email to Amber Alert subscribers, according to The Texas Department of Public Safety. In a statement obtained by the New York Times, the department claimed that the alert was sent as a “result of a test malfunction.”
“We apologize for the confusion this may have caused and are diligently working to ensure this does not happen again,” the department stated.
The alert claimed that the fictional doll and his fictional son were last seen at a residential address in Henderson, Texas. The address actually exists, and the Times called the phone number on Wednesday and spoke to a woman briefly. When asked if she was aware of the doll-related alert, she responded “Yes, I’m aware,” before hanging up on the reporter.
Don Mancini, the director and screenwriter behind "Child's Play" tweeted “PLEASE FIND THEM” following the Amber Alert, adding that he and Tiffany Valentine, Chucky’s love interest in the 1998 movie “Bride of Chucky,” “are frantic.”
Mancini added, “PLEASE NOTE: THE KID IS NON-BINARY, THANKS.” in reference to Ray being gendered as male in the alert.
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.