Wisconsin mother, two daughters found dead after Amber Alert issued; boyfriend arrested
A mother and two daughters were found dead after an Amber Alert was issued Saturday.
MILWAUKEE – A mother and two daughters who were the subjects of an Amber Alert were found dead Sunday afternoon, the victims of an apparent homicide, police said.
Amarah J. Banks, 26; Zaniya R. Ivery, 5; and Camaria Banks, 4, were found in a garage, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said at a news conference.
They were discovered after the arrest of Banks' boyfriend Arzel J. Ivery, 25, in Memphis, Tennessee. One count of felony aggravated battery was filed against him Saturday in Milwaukee County, according to online court records.
Ivery is scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning in Tennessee on a fugitive from justice warrant.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office was called to the scene Sunday. Autopsies were scheduled for Monday.
Morales noted that last year roughly one in five non-fatal shootings and homicides involved domestic violence, though he did not specifically say Banks was a victim of domestic violence.
"This is a systemic problem that's been going on for generations. We all have to look back and see how we're going to curb domestic violence in our community," said Morales.
"As you see, people will blame the police department regarding these deaths. That's unfair, uncalled for and unwarranted."
Banks and her two daughters were last seen about 1 a.m. local time on Feb. 8. Banks buried her infant son on Feb. 7, who died from health complications, WISN 12 News reported.
The next day, Banks was reported missing by her family to the Milwaukee Police Department.
A week later, on Saturday around 2:30 a.m. local time, Memphis authorities contacted Milwaukee police to tell them they had made contact with Ivery and were directed to the garage where the bodies were found.