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(Toledo News Now) -

Amber Alerts officials in Ohio have decided to stop sending alert text messages between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. after complaints earlier this week.

Early Tuesday morning, an alert was sent to Ohioans, and some were not pleased. The alerts are set to automatically send to cell phones that are in the wireless emergency alert program.

In order to have an alert sent out, there must have been an abduction, the individual calling it in must know the victim, and must have enough information to provide a description of the suspect or the vehicle being used.

The Wood County Sheriff says there have been issues with Amber Alerts in the past. He has personally received an alert on his phone that was not for his area, and he says the technology still needs to be improved. But getting the message out there is still important.

"When there is a child abducted, time is of the essence," said Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn. "We know every hour that we wait on getting a child after they've been truly abducted, the greater the chance is that the child's not going to be found alive."

Many other states don't allow Amber Alerts at certain hours of the night, as well.

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