Missing Mom, 2 Daughters Found Dead After Amber Alert

Milwaukee woman's boyfriend has been arrested
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2020 7:31 AM CST
Missing Mom, 2 Daughters Found Dead After Amber Alert
Police released this photo of Amarah Banks.   (Milwaukee Police Department)

The search for a missing Milwaukee woman and her two young daughters ended with a horrific find in a garage Sunday. Police say they found the bodies of 25-year-old Amarah Banks, 5-year-old Zaniya Ivery, and 4-year-old Camaria Banks in the garage following the arrest of Banks' boyfriend, Arzel Ivery, in Tennessee, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. Banks and her daughters had not been seen since around 1am on Feb. 8, hours after she buried her baby son. The boy, 1-year-old Arzel, died of natural causes, family members say. Ivery, 25, has been charged with aggravated battery. Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales says he will also be charged with murder, reports CBS58. Morales says Ivery directed investigators to the garage after he was taken into custody.

Banks and her daughters were reported missing the day after they were last seen, but an Amber Alert was not issued until a week later. Morales defended the delay when he spoke to reporters Sunday, saying foul play was not initially suspected. "People will blame the police department regarding these deaths," he said. "That's unfair, uncalled for, and unwarranted." Relatives say Ivery was the father of Arzel and Zaniya. "You have to be a heartless monster to do something like this to someone," Shilloh Loper, Banks' aunt, tells Fox 6. "I don't know what to even say, but I know I'll never get over this. Not ever in my life will I get over this. I will never get over someone doing this to my niece." (More Milwaukee stories.)

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