Two young children went missing from the Bronx after being kidnapped by their parents, who do not have custody.
The grandparents of 4-year-old Cella Rose and 2-year-old Chi were worried after the parents came by for a visit, and took off with the children. The two youngsters were supposed to be visiting their paternal grandparents in Baychester for the week, and had plans to go to the Bronx Zoo and visit the city.
Those plans were cut short when the parents left with the children at the end of their visit. Thankfully, the children were found unharmed in Delaware around 1 a.m. Tuesday, police said. The family was found in a parking lot resting, according to the NYPD, and the parents, who were taken into custody, may have been taking them back to Virginia.
Before the children were found, grandmother Latisha Beretervide and detectives in the Bronx were working to track down the children, concerned about the well-being and the whereabouts of the kids.
“They should not be traveling. I don’t know what they have on, if they ate or anything. I know they’re with their parents, but that doesn’t mean they’re okay,” said Beretervide. “I just want them to be returned safe – whether it’s to me or their grandparents in Virginia.”
It was not immediately clear how or when the parents lost custody of their children.
“If they’re parents are watching – just do the right thing, you’re not helping yourself by doing this, I don’t know what you guys were thinking. You kidnapped your own children,” Beretervide said.
An investigation is ongoing.