A second person has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a 4-year-old girl in Oklahoma, authorities announced Friday.

Ivon Adams, 36, was arrested in Arizona. Jail records in Maricopa County show he was booked Thursday on a fugitive from justice charge. He is awaiting extradition to Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation he said in a Facebook post.

Her arrest comes a day after the agency announced that Alysia Adams, 31, had been taken into custody. Both are described as caretakers for Athena Brownfield, who was reported missing Tuesday after a postal worker found her 5-year-old sister wandering alone in Cyril, Oklahoma.

Athena Brownfield
Athena Brownfield.Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation via Facebook

Alysia Adams was arrested by the Grady County Sheriff’s Office on two counts of child neglect, the state office said. The agency said Thursday that Athena’s sister was found outside Alysia Adams’ home.

The girl is in protective custody of the state and did not require medical attention when she was found, agency spokesman Brook Arbeitman said.

Earlier this week, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol issued an endangered missing person alert for Athena that was sent to residents within a 15-mile radius of Cyril.

The agency did not issue an AMBER alert, an emergency alert for abducted children that reaches a national network, «because there was no indication of an abduction,» an agency spokesperson said.

“This case did not meet the criteria for this particular guidance to issue an AMBER Alert,” Sarah Stewart said in an email Friday.

Penny Brownfield, Athena’s paternal grandmother, said the girl’s disappearance was «a huge blow».

“I have to be strong for my children,” she said by phone Friday from her home in Lawton, Oklahoma. “It is affecting my children. It’s really affecting my oldest son, who are his babies, which means they are my babies too.»

She said she was desperate for information on Athena’s whereabouts. “She’s not just going to disappear,” she said.

Garbage service in Cyril, a town about 80 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, has been postponed as investigators continue their search for Athena.

Arbeitman said late Thursday that officials remain optimistic.

«We are looking for every lead, processing everything we can to see if it can help us locate it,» he said.

Residents with information or security camera video that can assist in the search are asked to contact police.

Athena was last known to be wearing a pink butterfly sweater and pink pants, according to a missing person poster. Arbeitman said he has «limited verbal abilities.»


elizabeth chuck contributed.