Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford reports that members of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division along with Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Intelligence Service investigators were able to retrieve a missing 3-year-old child on Sunday, Feb. 8, without incident. 

The child, who has been missing since September 2007, was in fine condition and was remanded to the care of the Texas Department of Child Protective Services.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office began its investigation Nov. 25 based on information received from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office in Fort Wayne, Ind.

On Dec. 12, 2008, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Intelligence Service investigators began assisting the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division in the search for the missing child and the apprehension of the non-custodial parent.

Through diligent investigative practices, confidential informants and many long hours, numerous leads were developed. By Feb. 8, sufficient information had been gathered that led the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division and Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Intelligence Service to set up surveillance at a residence located in the 3-300 block of Ridge Hollow Trail, Venus.

Information indicated that at about 9 a.m. on Sundays the suspect would leave the residence to attend church. The suspect was known to travel in a Silver 2000 Dodge sport-utility vehicle.

Deputies spotted the suspect vehicle leaving the area and heading southbound on U.S. Highway 67 toward Alvarado. After deputies verified the ownership of the vehicle and physically made visual identification of the driver, a traffic stop was initiated at Highway 67 and Business 67 in Alvarado.

Taken into custody was the child’s mother, Amber Dawn Stonestreet, 22, who at last report was in custody at the Johnson County Law Enforcement Center under a no bond felony warrant for interference with child custody. 

Two other arrests were made: John Morris Haynes, 56, on charges of tampering with a government document with bond set at $15,000 and theft of service with bond set at $301; and Sherrie Deann Haynes, 41, on warrants out of Johnson, Tarrant and Hockley counties, with bond information not immediately available.

Haynes posted bond Feb. 9.