The good news is the Kansas City police found 1-year-old Navailynn T. Andrews and 18-year-old Kee’Arra S. Hill of Independence, both of whom were involved in an Amber Alert issued Tuesday.

The good news is the Kansas City police found 1-year-old Navailynn T. Andrews and 18-year-old Kee’Arra S. Hill of Independence, both of whom were involved in an Amber Alert issued Tuesday.

The bad news is the Independence Police Department did not meet the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s criteria for an Amber Alert, which kept the search restricted to the immediate area.

“We wanted to error on the side of caution for the benefit of them,” said John Cato with the Independence police. “It’s hard to tell a parent who’s missing a child that he or she doesn’t rise to the threshold of doing all you can do.”

Cato said within the last year individual police departments can use their own judgment to determine Amber Alerts; previously all requests had to go through a citywide Amber Alert board.

Andrews and Hill were discovered uninjured shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday at a home on the 1300 block of East Armour Blvd., in Kansas City, where Hill’s sister lives. The Independence police issued the Amber Alert at 4 a.m. Tuesday after Navailynn’s mother called police after last having contact with him at 4 p.m. Monday; Hill was taking Navailynn to get a haircut in Raytown.

Cato said all area police departments need to come together and determine what constitutes an Amber Alert.

“We need centralized criteria to get back on the same page,” Cato said. “We were fortunate.”

The Amber Alert was the Independence police department’s fourth in three months.