Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley late Monday night announced three missing children, ages 13, 11 and 10, who are the subject of a Child Protective Services investigation, have been found.
Late last week, Hundley reported the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had announced the three as missing after the unauthorized removal from temporary custody of their grandmother. He said the children were found Monday afternoon.
"A witness reported seeing the children at 3:03 p.m. in the area of an attorney’s office in downtown Paris and notified police," Hundley said. "Officers found the children and their parents at an attorney’s office. It was reported that the parents were seeking legal representation. Child Protective investigators arrived on scene with a writ of attachment for the children. The children were released to CPS."
Hundley said the investigation will continue regarding the interference with child custody on the parents, Kevin and Mary Alice Smith.
From Police Chief Bob Hundley: This "is regarding three children who were living in Paris and became the subject of an investigation by the Child Protective Services. The children were in the temporary custody of their grandmother. The biological parents of the children, a Mary and Kevin Smith, picked the children up on around Aug. 7th.
"The CPS case investigator reported the children missing on Aug. 26th as CPS had obtained a court order for the return of the children on Aug. 19th. CPS believes the children are in Arkansas. Further efforts have proved futile in locating the children and CPS requested they be reported missing and entered into the national data base.
"The department has no information regarding any vehicle that may be involved.
"Kevin Smith is described as 32 year old male, white 5’09, 185 pounds, hazel eyes and brown hair.
"Mary Alice Smith is described as a 31 year old female, white 5’4, 117 pounds, hazel eyes and red hair."