In what would have made an epic publicity stunt, The Texas Department of Public Safety has inadvertently sent out Amber Alerts naming Chucky, the notorious doll of the Child’s Play franchise, as a suspected kidnapper. And his abductee? His 5-year-old son, Glen.
One can certainly imagine the confusion of local media outlets and members of the public after they had received three very detailed warning messages listing the suspect as a 28-year-old male with “red or auburn” hair and “blue” eyes who stands 3 feet 1 inch tall. The suspect was also said to be armed with a “large kitchen knife”. The alert went on to share a residential address in Henderson, Texas as the last whereabouts of the fictional pair.
First released in 1988, Child’s Play follows the story of a kid’s doll, Chucky, who has become possessed by the spirit of a dead serial killer. The evil toy then goes on a killing spree, taking the lives of numerous victims, in a quest to regain a human form.
The direct emergency message system, which was designed to speedily send out vital information to assist in the identification of children in immediate danger, sent out the alerts after a suspected test malfunction.
I am sure residents were relieved to find out that the string of alerts were nothing more than a technical error as absolutely nobody needs the threat of a possessed doll on the loose after the events of 2020.
— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) January 29, 2021
Texas Officials sent out an official statement apologising for “the confusion this may have caused” and have notified the public that they are “diligently working to ensure this does not happen again.”
While any threat of a killer doll on the loose seems unlikely –for now- fans of the Chucky horror movies can catch up with their old friend “till the end” on various streaming services.
“Hi. I’m Chucky, wanna play?”