Buffalo police locate missing 4-year-old, mother has history of arrests

Mikeya Houston

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — An Amber Alert was in effect for a missing 4-year-old girl. Buffalo Police say Mikeya Houston was taken by her mother, Mikesha Lawson. Lawson’s custody was removed Thursday by a court order.

(Editor’s note: Buffalo Police reiterated during an 8:30 a.m. news conference that the girl’s name is Mireya. Previous reports and the official Amber Alert posting have used the name Mikeya Houston.)

Buffalo Police Lt. Jeff Rinaldo tells News 4, Mikeya was removed from the mom’s custody yesterday via a family court order.  He says, the mother left family court, went to the girl’s bus stop and took her from the bus stop around 4 p.m.

The two were last seen near Best Street and Main Street before Mikeya was located safe on Academy Rd. in Buffalo Friday morning.

Police received the first missing person’s report from Mikeya’s aunt around 5 p.m. The aunt had recently been granted custody.

Lawson was taken into custody when Mikeya was found.

Court records show Lawson had faced multiple charges from arrests in Buffalo and Cheektowaga. An arrest in May stemming from a disorderly conduct charge was one of the reasons why she was back in family court this week.

Police said Lawson found out she was set to lose the supervised custody she had with Mikeya. But rather than waiting for her case to be called, she left the courthouse and went to the area of Best Street where her daughter was to be dropped off by the school bus.

Police said Lawson hid and “forcibly” took Mikeya from another woman who was waiting for the girl to get off the bus.

“The suspect did go over in the vicinity of where the bus was letting off and secreted herself over there,” Rinaldo said. “When the child stepped off the bus, the suspect did approach the child and the person who was to take the child from the bus and did forcibly take her away from the person and proceed to leave.”

Police caught up to Lawson and Mikeya at a home on Academy Road on the east side, where she was taken into custody without incident.

She’s facing a series of misdemeanor charges, including unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child. Lawson is set to be arraigned Saturday morning in Buffalo City Court.


Mikeya Houston, 4-years-old
Mikesha Lawson, mother

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