TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – Three children who were allegedly kidnapped by their mother in Missouri on March 23 have been found safe and sound.
“It is estimated that there are approximately 400,000 missing children in the United States. Many missing children are never reported to authorities. I am happy that 3 of these vulnerable children have been recovered by the US Marshals Service and can now get the support and healing they deserve. said U.S. Marshal David Gonzales.
On March 23, the three siblings were taken from their home in Springfield, Mo., by their non-custodial mother, Brittany Barnes and his wife Ceairah Beverly.
The children, aged eight, nine and 10, were in the custody of the state of Missouri when it is alleged that their birth mother, Barnes and his wife, Beverly, took the children without permission during a visitation planned.
Barnes and Beverly reportedly fled the state with the children.
An arrest warrant was issued for the couple on April 8, for kidnapping and interference with police custody.
On May 5, 2022, Missouri investigators requested the assistance of the United States Marshals Service in locating the three children and arresting Barnes and Beverly on their felony kidnapping warrants.
A week later, their car was found at the Casino Del Sol hotel.
The Marshalls worked with Pascua Yaqui police to confirm that they were both staying at the hotel associated with the casino.
Around noon on Friday May 13, they were seen leaving the hotel and getting into their car.
Law enforcement took them into custody without incident and the children were safely recovered and turned over to the Arizona Department of Child Safety until they could be returned to Missouri. .
Barnes and Beverly were placed in the Pima County Adult Detention Center pending transfer to Missouri.
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