The Texas DPS mistakingly identified the Child’s Play figure as a suspect in a kidnapping case.
Movie studios nowadays are getting a little too creative with their marketing tactics. But having the Texas Department of Public Safety send out a series of Amber Alerts naming the overall-clad blue-eyed murder doll as the suspect in a kidnapping case – is a bit over-the-top even in 2021. [Featured image via Imdb.com]
The Texas DPS is now apologizing for a “test malfunction” in which it sent out a series of emails to subscribers of the Texas Alerts system last Friday, in which the department listed Chucky – just one name – as the suspect.
Each of three emails featured a photo and profile on the character: 28-years old, red or auburn hair, 3″1′, blue eyes, 16 pounds, male, and – as for its race – doll. Additional information on the suspect added:
“Blue denim overalls with multi-colored striped long sleeve shirt wielding a huge kitchen knife.”
In their defense, with the photo they used, the profile on Chucky was actually pretty accurate.
The abducted child, thankfully, was also fictitious. A 5-year-old, two-foot-three “Glen”, the DPS reported, had last been seen in Henderson, Texas at 9:04 am on January 28. Glen is also a character is the Child’s Play franchise, appearing as Chucky’s son in Seed Of Chucky.
Texas DPS would later tell KENS5 that the alert was “a result of a test malfunction. We apologize for the confusion this may have caused and are diligently working to ensure this does not happen again.”
It turns out that there is another Child’s Play installment in the works. USA Network and Syfy intends to air a canonized series, entitled Chucky, later this year.