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APD: 5 children who left father's home found safe with family friend

KOB Web Staff & Megan Abundis
Updated: September 14, 2020 10:09 PM
Created: September 14, 2020 03:09 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The Albuquerque Police Department reports that it has located five children who left their father's home Saturday.

The children were with a family friend and appeared to be safe and healthy, according to police. Police said they believe there was some sort of plan for the kids to meet up with those relatives due to known conversations between the 11-year-old and local family.  They also added that the girls were not in danger at any point.


The girls' father told KOB 4 that the three youngest girls—Selma, Trinity, and Tanylah—are currently back home with him while 6-year-old Ataliah and 11-year-old Tennaayah are with their grandma.

Runaway children are usually released to whichever parent has custody after they've been found, but the kids' case details a lot of custody issues—now with an added child abuse claim.

Police are still investigating why the children decided to leave the home.  CYFD is working to ensure the safety of the children, who are caught in the middle of a custody dispute. The state of Oklahoma is also working with the children, and they suspect the FBI might be consulted to assist too.

The mother of the children was recently taken into custody in Oklahoma.

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