3 missing children reunited with parents, 2 arrested
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Three young children who were once reported missing have been reunited with their family and two people are now facing charges, including the father of two of those children.
Police said 5-year-old Anthony Milhomme Jr., 6-year-old Kalia Milhomme and their 6-year-old cousin, Isaiah Paul, were abducted Monday afternoon when the car they were sitting in was stolen.
The three children were picked up from Morningside Elementary by the father of Anthony and Kalia, before he stopped at a mini-market for about 15 minutes near Northwest 62nd Street and First Court to make a transaction.
Investigators said Anthony Milhomme Sr. left the car running with the children inside, and that is when someone stole the gray 2005 Ford 500.
Police found the stolen vehicle at Northwest 58th Street between First and Second Avenue along with the children.
The mother of two of the children is glad to have her kids safe and sound. "I just wanna get into bed and cuddle with my babies," said Sharonda Scott, "because I didn't think I was gonna do it tonight, and I'm never, ever going to let them out of my sight."
For four hours, the children's family had no idea where the children were. Isaiah's father was thinking the worst. "In these times it will drive you crazy," said Spartacus Paul. "It just showed me how important my kids are to me."
The kids also experienced a scare.
Kalia Milhomme: "The lady got in the car and said, 'Give me $5.'"
Reporter: "She asked you to give her $5? And what did you do?"
Kalia Milhomme: "I gave it to her."
Milhomme Sr., the father of two of the children, was arrested and charged with three counts of child neglect and one count of obstruction. He bonded out of jail early Tuesday morning.
Police also arrested the woman who stole the vehicle carrying the three children. Police have identified her as Velan Verdier. She faces numerous charges, including kidnapping and grand theft.
Verdier is expected to appear in court late Tuesday morning.
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