Amber Alert canceled, 9-year-old boy found safe

Posted at 10:17 PM, Dec 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 23:17:17-05

UPDATE 12/16 5:31 p.m. -- The Amber Alert for Donovin Johnston has been canceled. Donovin was found safe Wednesday evening.

According to Wood County Sheriff's Deputies, Smiley and Donovin were found inside the home of one of Smiley's friends.

Deputies say a tarp had been placed over Smiley's car to hide it, but the wind blew the tarp, so the license plate was exposed.  Connie was placed in custody, but not in front of Donovin.

"She has suffered from mental illness for years, and her inability to admit it, and cope with it, has caused this to happen," says Connie's mother & Donovin's grandmother. "I know she is not in a good place. She's in a really dark place right now. I love her so much. I'm just so sorry this happened. I'm also very thankful that they found my grandson, and that he's safe. I was worried sick. I did everything I could to help find him. I can't wait to see him."



An Amber Alert has been issued for a 9-year-old Wisconsin boy.

Donovin Johnston,  9, was last seen at 11 p.m. Tuesday in Green Bay.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice said the Donovin's mother, Connie Smiley, 33, is suspected of taking him during the night against court order. They said she is suspected to be mentally ill and previously spoke of harming the child.

Officials said she is living out of her car, which is a 2003 blue Kia Rio 4 door sedan, and may be heading toward Watertown. Its plate number is 228-WYF.

Donovin is 4'9" and 90 pounds with light brown hair and blue eyes.

Smiley is 5'4" and 110 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information about their whereabouts, please contact Green Bay police at 920-448-3208.