Hours after 14-month-old Jayton Dentler disappeared, police in Lafayette, Colo., called the media and activated an Amber Alert that plastered Jayton's face over television and the Internet.

The next day, his father dropped him off with relatives in Iowa, pressured by the Amber Alert's spotlight, according to police.

The same thing happened after Hunter Thompson was snatched from a store in Anderson, S.C. The 7-year-old was left at a nearby grocery store a half-day later, his abductor's hand forced by the media attention, police say.

Missing children's advocates hope this will become standard operating procedure now that Amber Alert systems are active across the United States a year after Congress expanded the program.