Anchorage police say 8-month-old baby found safe; father arrested on murder charges

Alaska emergency officials issued an AMBER Alert for 8-month-old boy Ahmiri Chaney on Feb. 17, 2023. (Anchorage Police Department)


Anchorage police said in a written update Friday night that 8-month-old Ahmiri Chaney was found safe.

“Thank you to the public and our statewide partners for your assistance in this investigation,” police said.

Police also said they’d made an arrest in the homicide reported earlier Friday.

A woman was found dead Friday morning at the same home where the 8-month-old lived.

A man police identified as the baby’s father, 23-year-old Eric D. Chaney Jr., has been charged with first- and second-degree murder, and was taken to Anchorage Jail.

Original story:

An AMBER Alert has been issued for the abduction of an 8-month-old infant in Anchorage. 

State emergency officials say Ahmiri Chaney was last seen near the intersection of Norman Street and East 12th Ave. Officials named Ahmiri’s father, 23-year-old Eric Chaney Jr., as a suspect in Ahmiri’s abduction. 

Anchorage police say officers responded to a possible homicide at the same address just before 9 a.m. Friday. When they arrived, officers say they found a dead woman with “trauma to the upper body.” Police say they couldn’t find Ahmiri, who lived at the home.

Police officials say officers will remain in the area as the investigation continues. 

Anchorage police ask the public to call 911 if they have information on Ahmiri’s location. They also advised the public not to approach the suspect.

AMBER alerts in Alaska are fairly rare. The most recent one occurred in August of last year. Before that, the state hadn’t issued an AMBER alert since 2017.

Eric Chaney Jr., 23, is a suspect in the abduction of 8-month-old Amira Chaney. (Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management)

Wesley Early covers Anchorage life and city politics for Alaska Public Media. Reach him at and follow him on X at @wesley_early. Read more about Wesley here.

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