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4 kids abducted from Boyle Heights found safe; parents at large

Four children abducted from Boyle Heights on Friday were found at the Mexican border Tuesday morning.
March 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
Four children abducted from Boyle Heights last week were found at the Mexican border Tuesday morning. Their parents were still at large.

The parents of the children allegedly abducted the kids from a caretaker's location on Friday afternoon. An Amber Alert was issued early Saturday morning.

The four children, ranging in age from 1 to 7 years old, were found at about 10:15 a.m. They were in OK condition, according to authorities. They were returned to Los Angeles Tuesday night to be placed in the care of Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

"We received a phone call from the paternal grandmother of the children telling us that she had the children in her possession and that she was at the border," said LAPD Captain Martin Baeza.

The parents do not have custodial rights to the children due to abuse allegations. The children, 7-year-old Enrique Junior, 5-year-old Justin and 1-year-old twins Veronica and Janet, were under the care of their maternal grandmother when they were abducted.

Police say the kids were forcibly taken by their biological parents, Enrique Felix and Rose Chairez, both 28. According to officials, the parents were only allowed to see the children during supervised visits.

Eyewitness News Reporter Leo Stallworth talked to the children's maternal grandmother Tuesday afternoon. She said she was roughly physically handled Friday when the parents showed up and took the kids. She said she believed the father took the mother against her will.

Felix is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Chairez is 5 feet 3 inches tall, 150 pounds, with red hair and brown eyes.

The parents' car was described as a gray PT Cruiser with tinted windows and no license plate. The car has paper plates with some type of black lettering on it and a missing right-rear hubcap. The LAPD says the suspects may also have access to a green Ford Expedition with the California license plate 4LPF643.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to call Los Angeles Police at (323) 342-4100.

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