Mother of AMBER Alert suspect tells police she was beaten, stabbed just before grandchildren went missing

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Carmelita Wilson (Image courtesy of Benton County Sheriff's Department)

WARSAW, Mo. — The mother of Monday night’s AMBER Alert suspect told police that she was beaten and stabbed just before her grandchildren went missing Monday.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to FOX 4 Tuesday that Carmelita Wilson, 39, was charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and first-degree tampering.

According to the Benton County Sheriff’s Department, law enforcement officers were dispatched after a woman reported that she had been beaten and stabbed.

The woman, who had custody of her two grandchildren, was Wilson’s mother, the sheriff’s department says. She told police that she allowed Wilson to come over and visit the children.

The sheriff’s department says the woman told police when she regained consciousness, she realized her vehicle and grandchildren were gone.

An AMBER Alert was issued for the children, and first responders life flighted the woman to the hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

According to Highway Patrol, the children were found safe, and Wilson was taken into custody in Sedalia early Tuesday morning.

She is being held with bond set at $250,000.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Department says additional charges are pending.

The children have been placed into the custody of the Department of Family Services.