Update: Amber Alert cancelled after child found safe, mother discusses devastation following son’s disappearance

4-year-old Wyatt Crowley was found Monday following an Amber Alert.
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 6:14 PM CDT
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BURTON, Texas (KBTX) - *Update* Joshua Crowley was arrested Monday afternoon in Harris County without incident by U.S. Marshals. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says his 4-year-old son Wyatt is safe following a random shooting in Burton Sunday and recent Amber Alert.

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Washington County Sheriff’s investigators believe Crowley is responsible for a random shooting in Burton Sunday at the Short Stop store.

Monday the boy’s mother made a personal plea for her son’s safe return. She found out about the shooting incident in Washington County Monday morning.

“I was completely devastated because I’m worried about my son. I haven’t heard from my son since Sunday afternoon,” said Daniela Crowley of Austin.

You can see Sunday’s gunshots at the Short Stop in Burton, one of the community’s biggest gathering places.

One man was seriously injured and flown to Bryan, after investigators say Joshua Crowley of Round Rock opened fire at random, with his four year old son Wyatt in his car.

“I now know that he has mental health issues,” said Daniela Crowley. She said her ex-husband started watching her son on Saturday.

“My dad recently passed away and they were spreading his ashes, that‘s why he was watching my son because usually my family watches my son. He did this knowing that my entire family was out of town and that he could get away with it,” Daniela said.

She said there was no warning her ex would take her son and that he has no connection to Burton and doesn’t know why the shooting happened.

Washington County Deputies stopped Crowley before the Amber Alert was issued and the shooting happened, when someone complained about him driving on U.S. 290.

Investigators say he parked his vehicle at the Short Stop hours before the attack.

“I was outside with the dogs and I heard two shots. And I was surprised at where they were coming from because it’s, there’s no gun range or anything there,” said Johnnie Pitts, a Burton resident who lives near the store. “It is very sad that the little child is involved and I read that it was connected and I’m praying that they find this child especially and again of course I hope they find the person that’s responsible.”

Wyatt’s mother made this personal plea.

“I just miss you and I love you and I just want you to come back. And then Joshua, whatever’s going through your head please bring my baby back because he needs his mom,” said Daniela.

The 38-year-old man shot multiple times remains hospitalized in serious condition, according to Sheriff Hanak.

Our initial story on the shooting is here.

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