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FBI launches child ID app

BALTIMORE (WKRC) -- The FBI is making the job of watching your child easier.

The FBI launched a new child ID app for parents to help them in case of an emergency.

Thousands of children go missing every year. The FBI says having your child's information ready saves a lot of time when it comes to searching. That information can be saved on the app and dispensed to different law enforcement agencies.

We are hoping that parents will download this app and put information into it that would be pertinent to law enforcement if their child disappeared. That would be height, age and weight, said Amy Thoreson, FBI spokesperson.

The app also has links to 911 and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

And the FBI is vouching for the app's efficiency:

We had a case in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they loaded information into the app, and sent it out to law enforcement, and they were able to recover the child unharmed. So it does work, said Thoreson.

The app is available on Android and Apple devices for free.

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