UPDATE: Missing Florida toddlers found safe in Georgia, Amber Alert cancelled
An Amber Alert issued for two missing Citrus County toddlers was cancelled Monday morning after authorities reported finding the children safe in Georgia.
UPDATE: Georgia State Patrol troopers stopped a vehicle tied to an Amber Alert out of Florida in Catoosa County.
Troopers spotted the white Ford Expedition and pulled it over next exit 353 on I-75 northbound. Two children were in the car and they are fine.
Catoosa County Sheriff's Office arrested Ryan K. Williams, 29, and Stacey A. Williams, 38, both from Mason, West Virginia. Ryan Williams has been charged with Driving License Violation, Improper Tag Violation, two counts of no Child Restraints and is on hold for the sate of Florida. Stacey Williams has been charged with hold for State of Florida.
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PREVIOUS STORY: An Amber Alert issued for two missing Citrus County toddlers was cancelled Monday morning after authorities reported finding the children safe in Georgia.
An Amber Alert was issued for the toddlers on Sunday after authorities said their homeless mother burst into the home of the toddlers’ legal guardian, grabbed them and fled.
Stacey Williams, 38, was wanted on charges of burglary with battery and interference with child custody. According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, her children, 3-year-old Rylan Williams and 1-year-old Mason Williams were placed by legal court order with another person, who is now their legal guardian.
Stacey Williams was believed to have been traveling with her husband and the children’s father, Ryan Williams. Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said the pair have a volatile relationship and are also drug users.
On Monday, the Georgia State Police located Ryan and Stacey Williams in Catoosa County, GA. The children were with them.
Williams had texted the childrens’ legal guardian on Saturday insisting that she see the children. She was told, “No.”
Later that day, authorities say she barged into the guardian’s house in Lecanto, grabbed and smashed the guardian’s phone when she tried to call 911. Williams also scratched the woman’s face, deputies said. She picked up her children and carried them away.
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