Highway Patrol cancels AMBER Alert for kids from southwestern Missouri

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The Missouri Highway Patrol issued an AMBER Alert for Genesis Padron, 8, and Samuel Padron, 4, reportedly taken by non-custodial parent Hilda Melendez.

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. — The Missouri Highway Patrol has canceled the Amber Alert for two kids abducted by their non-custodial mother on Thursday.

The patrol issued an AMBER Alert for 8-year-old Genesis Padron and 4-year-old Samuel Padron who were taken just before 9 a.m. Thursday.

The patrol says the kids were taken by non-custodial mother Hilda Melendez in Southwest City, who assaulted the woman watching the kids and drove away in a red Ford Flex.

That vehicle and the suspect’s mother were found in Oklahoma on Thursday afternoon according to highway patrol. But MSHP said they believed the kids and mom switched to a different vehicle: a cream Kia Soul with unknown Oklahoma tags.

But then, around 8:30 p.m. MSHP said they recovered the second suspect vehicle.

Both kids were ultimately found safe in Miami, Oklahoma, according to a tweet on the patrol’s alerts page. A suspect is in custody.

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