Four children who were the subject of a statewide Amber Alert were reunited with family after being found abandoned near the U.S.-Mexico border. Gadi Schwartz reports from Boyle Heights for the NBC4 News at 11 on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
A grandmother is waiting to reunite with her four grandchildren who were found Tuesday after they were forcibly taken from her Boyle Heights home by their non-custodial biological parents Friday.
Authorities found the children near the US-Mexico border in California Tuesday afternoon after their paternal grandmother called authorities from Mexico. An Amber Alert had been issued for the children and their parents Saturday. Police are still looking for the parents.
"(The kids) were in good spirits, they were really happy to see us, they actually at the time when we saw the kids they're big concern was they were really hungry and wanted to go to McDonalds," LAPD Det. Tony Zamora said.
The children, 7-year-old Enrique Felix, 5-year-old Justin Felix, and 1-year-old twins Veronica Felix and Janeth Felix, were living with their maternal grandmother when their biological parents kidnapped them.
The children, however, are not yet able to reunite with their maternal grandmother.
"We are not able to really do that until we speak to a judge, given the circumstances. But the department does everything in it's power to reunite kids with their families," DCFS representative Jennifer Lopez said.
DCFS will try to have a judge review the case as early as Wednesday. A friend of the grandmother told NBC4 that the grandmother is beside herself and does not understand why she can't have the kids yet, given she is their sole custodian.
The parents of the children are still outstanding. Police say they are looking for a green Ford Expedition SUV with the California plate #4LPF643. LAPD is working with Mexican authorities to track down the parents. According to police, the father may have a history of violent behavior.
The father, Enrique Felix, is described as a Hispanic man, 28 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. The mother, Rose Chaidez, is described as a Hispanic woman, 5 feet 2 inches tall with red hair and brown eyes.