Toddlers Reported Missing in Sylmar Were "Hiding," Boys Say

Their mother told authorities she was in the kitchen when the boys disappeared from the yard.

By Samantha Tata, Alex Calder and Angie Crouch
|  Monday, Oct 15, 2012  |  Updated 11:48 PM PDT
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Twin 3-year-old boys are safe at home after being reported missing from the Sylmar apartment complex where they live. The rambunctious pair told NBC4 they were hiding in the garage when their sister found them rummaging through sandboxes and tool boxes. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2012.

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Twin 3-year-old boys are safe at home after being reported missing from the Sylmar apartment complex where they live. The rambunctious pair told NBC4 they were hiding in the garage when their sister found them rummaging through sandboxes and tool boxes. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2012.

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Toddler-aged twin boys reported missing Monday afternoon in Sylmar have been found, police said.

Their teenaged sister found the pair in the garage of the apartment complex where they live. Neighbors said the duo got into sandboxes and tool boxes before their sister discovered them as she was doing laundry.

Authorities combed the area near the 13000 block of Beaver Street, a cul de sac near the intersection of Hubbard Street and Foothill Boulevard, in search of the 3-year-old boys.

Their mother told authorities she was in the kitchen when she lost track of the toddlers.

"I know how cute they are, so I could just imagine, I thought, oh, somebody just snatched them," said Theresa Parham, the boys' mother. Parham told NBC4 she is twice widowed and raising seven children by herself.

Parham said she plans to install a lock high up on the door so there are no repeat scares in the future.

At least seven squad cars lined the street near the boys' home Monday afternoon. Police received a call that the boys had disappeared at about 4 p.m. By 5:30 p.m., the pair had been reunited with their family.

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