Certainly no Child's Play: Police in Texas apologise over fake Amber Alert text

Thursday, February 4
Ciarán Mather

Police in the US state of Texas have been left with egg on their face after a fake emergency text alert was issued describing the fictional serial-killer doll Chucky.

The alert claimed that the horror-film icon was a suspect in a kidnapping case.

To make matters worse, the alert was sent out two more times!

The emergency alert is part of the state's Amber Alert system, which sends out a notification whenever a child goes missing.

In the text, which warned that the doll was involved in a suspected kidnapping, police described Chucky as being 28 years of age, with a height of 3ft 1inch and weighing 16 pounds.

Meanwhile, his race was listed as 'Other: Doll.'

In a statement on the blunder, the police department said: 'This alert is a result of a test malfunction.' 

'We apologize for the confusion this may have caused and are diligently working to ensure this does not happen again.'

The original 1988 Child's Play film is a dark-comedy/horror that follows a single mother and her young son who purchase a 'Good Guy' doll which they later learn is possessed by the soul of a dead serial named Charles 'Chucky' Lee Ray.

Over the course of the film, Chucky tries to murder as many people as he can and tries to transfer his soul into a new, human body.

The true suspense in the film lies in the fact that no one believes the mother and her child when they say that they are being hunted by the sadistic doll, which leads them trying to do all they can to prove Chucky's existence.

The film gained a cult following and has spawned numerous sequels, while a rebooted version of the story, following an AI version of the doll who goes rogue, was released in 2019.

A Syfy television series continuing the original timeline, aptly named Chucky, was confirmed last year, but production has since been delayed due to the current pandemic.

The film will reunite the franchise's creator Don Mancini along with Brad Dourif and Jennifer Tilly, the original voices of Chucky and his 'bride', Tiffany, respectively.