Three Children Abducted by Mother After Custody Case: LASD

The mother was forced to give up parental rights to two of the three children by a court, officials said

By Christina Cocca
|  Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013  |  Updated 4:24 PM PDT
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3 Children Abducted by Mother After Custody Case: LASD

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Law enforcement officials believe Nisshawn Murphy abducted her three children after a court forced her to give up parental rights to two of the three children, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Palmdale Station said Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in finding three children who were abducted by their biological mother, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.

UPDATE: The children were found safe on Wednesday when someone dropped them off at a Los Angeles police station. Read the updated story here.

Officials believe Nisshawn Murphy, 39, took her 10-year-old son Matisse Murphy from outside a Palmdale foster home on Monday, according to an LASD release. She is also believed to have taken her two other children, Bryan and Treasure Murphy, both 4 years old.

A court in November ordered Nisshawn to give up parental rights to Bryan and Treasure after several criminal convictions, officials said.

She failed to appear in court and DCFS obtained warrants for the children and a no-bail warrant for Nisshawn, the release stated.

She is believed to be driving a white Ford Explorer with California plate #6VZX199, with four doors and side steps. She is described as a 39-year-old black female with black hair and brown eyes, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 145 pounds.

Matisse is described as a 10-year-old black male, 4 feet 11 inches tall and 80 pounds. Bryan is described as a 4-year-old black male, 3 feet 1 inch tall and 31 pounds. Treasure is described as a 4-year-old black female, 2 feet 9 inches tall and 27 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at 661-272-2500 or Palmdale Detective Dang at 661-272-2477.

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