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Mineral Wells PD Searching For Missing 7-Year-Old

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Salvatore Giambanco and daughter Rosealea Giambanco, who went missing on April 4, 2011.

MINERAL WELLS (CBSDFW.COM) – Mineral Wells Police are searching for the father of a 7-year-old girl who was taken in front of her home Saturday afternoon and hasn’t been seen since.

Rosalea Giambanco, 7, was in the front yard of her home in the 500 block of Southwest 17th Street around 4:30 p.m. when she was taken. A police spokesman said they’re searching for her father, Salvatore “Slade” Giambanco, 39, “in relation to the abduction.”

The spokesman added that Giambanco is simply wanted for questioning and has not necessarily broken any laws.

He is 6’1’’ and weighs 180 pounds and is likely driving a maroon Sport Utility Vehicle. A police spokesman said a multiagency team is helping search for the father.

The girl’s mother, Janicka Gunn, said Giambanco might have headed into the Stephenville or Springtown area. He also has ties to Florida and may be going there.

The Mineral Wells Police Department was unable to secure an Amber Alert. Texas law stipulates that when the parent takes a child, that parent has to commit murder or attempt murder after the kidnapping for the alert to be issued.

If you have any information on either of their whereabouts, contact Lt. Brad Belz at 940.328.7763 or Police Chief Mike McAllester at 940.328.7760.


One Comment

  1. Ms. M says:

    Our justice system is so scr*wed up! Why should a kidnapped child have to wait to be saved until it’s too late? If a child is kidnapped by a parent, or anyone else, an Amber alert should automatically be issued. This is bull!!!

  2. Brenda Hitt says:

    Kidnap (def) Generally, kidnapping occurs when a person, without lawful authority, physically asports (i.e., moves) another person without that other person’s consent, with the intent to use the abduction in connection with some other nefarious objective.

    The key here, being, ‘without lawful authority’. The laws need to DESPERATELY be changed, or when a separation/divorce occurs, an automatic restraining order against the parent w/o custody needs to occur, which is ridiculous in most cases, as that parent usually at least has visitation rights….SOOO, instead we have a child missing, who may/may not be safe, may/may not still be alive, may/may not be hungry or without shelter. WHO KNOWS? Unbelievable. I pray for her safe return

    1. 2sister says:

      He may or may not have custody. Some people have joint custody. Also, I believe it is illegal for the noncustodial parent to take a child without permission.

      They do sometimes issue Amber Alerts for children who are kidnapped by parents, and so I don’t think channel 11 is completely accurate. They issued one for the child taken in McKinney. She didn’t have custody, and only had limited visitation rights. Also, they have to believe the child is in danger. This is why I don’t understand why no Amber alert has been issued? The girl was kidnapped by a felon and is believed to be in danger. It’s possible that he has joint custody and so their hands are tied.

  3. FedUpTxn says:

    If “Texas law stipulates that when the parent takes a child, that parent has to commit murder or attempt murder after the kidnapping for the alert to be issued.” WHY was an Amber Alert issued on MOTHER”S DAY by McKinney Police when Brooke Leigh Muncie took her SON Jacob Wetzler for a scheduled visit from a park? Is this a DOUBLE STANDARD in the Texas Family Laws?

    1. 2sister says:

      I think channel 11 is probably wrong about what constitutes when they can announce an Amber Alert. I think they can give one if they think the child is in danger from the kidnapper. Also what kind of visitation rights and custody does he have. That probably could have a bearing on whether or not they would or could issue an Amber alert. I’m not saying that an Amber Alert shouldn’t be issued.

      In the case of the Mother in Mckinney did not have custody. She apparently could only visit her child in the presence of the father.

      1. 2sister says:

        Oops. I meant to say, “In the case of the mother in McKinney, she did not have custody

  4. areader says:

    I agree with 2sister. I don’t think that what they have written here is correct about the Amber Alert. I hope that they will correct it because it looks like sloppy reporting.

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