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BANGOR, Maine — Three children who were reported missing from their home in Connecticut on Monday were found safe in Bangor, according to police.
The children’s mother, Jackie Morris, 32, and the missing boys, Dylan, 7, Brandan, 7, and Ryan Lewis, 9, were found late Tuesday morning by Bangor police at a local hotel. The boys had been reported missing by their father, who lives in Vernon, Connecticut.
Bangor police received information Tuesday morning that the mother and boys might be traveling to Bangor. Detectives Brian Smith and Larry Morrill, joined by Sgt. Paul Kenison, found Morris and the boys at a hotel on Haskell Road, Bangor police Lt. Paul Edwards said in an afternoon news release.
“The officers took the mother … into custody on an outstanding warrant out of Connecticut related to the case,” Edwards said.
Morris was arrested on a fugitive from justice charge by Bangor police, Vernon police Detective James Grady said.
“We’re grateful to the assistance of Bangor PD in helping us locate the children,” Grady said. “They were of valuable assistance to us.”
Grady said that the boys’ father reported them missing because he was concerned about their safety. The boys live with their father and their mother has visitation rights. The boys were with her for the weekend. The father reported them missing when she did not return them Sunday night, according to police.
According to Grady, Connecticut authorities obtained an arrest warrant for Morris charging her with three counts of custodial interference and three charges of risk of injury to a minor.
“Judicial proceedings will determine when Morris’ extradition back to Connecticut will take place,” Grady said. “When Morris is extradited, she will be arrested on her Connecticut arrest warrant and will be arraigned at Rockville Superior Court.”
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services took temporary custody of the three boys until their father arrives in Bangor to pick them up and take them home to Connecticut, Edwards said. Police also gave the hungry children some Happy Meals from McDonald’s, the lieutenant added.
“Thankfully it ended the way it did,” Edwards said.
An Amber Alert had been issued for three children by Connecticut authorities. Morris has ties to Maine, Connecticut and Massachusetts, state police said.
Police were planning to take Morris to Penobscot County Jail after questioning.
Police had reported that Morris was believed to have been driving a red 2004 Volkswagen Jetta and that she was living out of the vehicle.
BDN writer Nick McCrea contributed to this report.
An earlier version of this story erroneously stated that the children were reported missing May 9. They were reported missing May 12.