Amber Alert: 6-year-old girl abducted by mother

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says girl was taken after supervised DCF visit

Author: Chris Parenteau, General assignment reporter, cparenteau@wjxt.com
Steve Patrick, Managing editor of digital content, spatrick@news4jax.com
Nicholas Jones, Associate producer, njones@wjxt.com
Published On: Dec 28 2013 09:09:57 PM EST
Onnika Fisher and Charity Chatman
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A statewide Amber Alert is out for a 6-year-old girl who Jacksonville police say was abducted by her mother from a Southside office park late Friday evening. 

Onnika Fisher had just finished a visit with her mother supervised by a Florida Division of Children and Families employee at a Jewish Family and Community Services on Dupont Station Court when the 39-year-old woman, Charity Chatman, grabbed her daughter by the hand, placed her in her vehicle and drove off, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

According to JSO Assistant Chief Chris Butler, Chatman lost custody of the child six weeks ago and has a history of mental illness.

"We don't have any indications that she is in danger, but I'm not trying to minimize the seriousness of this. Here you have a mother who basically the custody was removed from her," Chatman said. "She no longer has custody of Onnika. She has sent emails that I would term to be delusional. So, anything is possible."

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Butler said Chatman was last seen wearing a red baseball hat, green jacket and blue jeans. She was seen driving away with her daughter in what they believe was a dark green 2000 Buick Century with Ohio license plate FPA4958.

Onnika Fisher, Charity Chapman Police say Fisher is at 3 feet 10 inches tall and weights 53 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a pink jacket with white polka dots on the inside collar.

Investigators say they are continuing to follow up with family members and other members of the community that may have had contact with Fisher or Chatman.

"We have spoken to the father of Onnika. I believe he lives somewhere down in the southern part of the state. He was very cooperative," Chief Butler said.

Police added that Chatman is know to frequent Red Roof Inns.

John Harrell, a spokesman for the Department of Children and Families, said that a case worker was about 15 feet away from the Chatman when she put the girl into the car and took off.

Harrell said Chatman told the caseworker she had Christmas gifts for the child, which may have been the bait to lure the child closer to the car.

"This was all on the mother. She deceived us. She deceived the case worker at Jewish Family and Community Services. She said that she had some gifts for that child in the backseat," Harrell said.

Channel 4 learned through court records that Chatman was recently evicted from her home for non-payment of rent.  In November, Chatman was served in with a injunction against repeat domestic violence.

Anyone with any information about the girl's whereabouts is urged to call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or FDLE's Missing and Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse at 850-410-7000.