Two parents who allegedly took their four children by force from their grandmother’s home in Boyle Heights earlier this month have turned themselves into authorities at the United States border.
Enrique Felix and Rosa Chairez were detained by Border Patrol agents before being taken into custody by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The children were found safe by authorities last week near the border in California, officials said. An Amber Alert was issued for the children on March 14.
"Rose was crying and upset, and said she was at the Otay Mesa border and wanted to turn herself in with Enrique," LAPD Capt. Martin Baeza said.
After receiving that phone call and finding the couple, authorities interviewed the pair for three hours to find out why they fled.
"(We needed to) also find out the answers as to if they switched cars, where they were staying, did they receive any assistance," Baeza said.
Officials will now decide whether the children, now in foster care, can return to their grandmother's home.
"(The grandmother) was happy her daughter Rose was safe," Baeza said. "The bottom line for us is that everybody turned out safe, this is a success story. Sometimes it doesn't work out that well, and in this case it did."
The father, Felix, is described as a Hispanic man, 28 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. The mother, Chaidez, is described as a Hispanic woman, 5 feet 2 inches tall with red hair and brown eyes.
The children were identified as 7-year-old Enrique Felix, 5-year-old Justin Felix and 1-year-old twins Veronica Felix and Janeth Felix.
Felix and Chaidez are facing felony kidnapping charges, officials said.