June 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM
Amber Alert issued for 3 Marysville kids, ages 6, 8 and 9
Child Protective Services has issued an Amber Alert for three children who may have been taken from Marysville by parents with violent histories. They may be headed for South Carolina in a silver 1998 Pontiac Grand AM with license plate number AGJ9693.
The children’s father, Curtis Drakeford, 33, is under investigation for striking the children with his fists in 2010, was charged with molestation of young children from another relationship in 2010 and has had domestic-violence issues with their mother, Ashley Todd, 29, according to the alert.
Drakeford is described as a black man with black hair, brown eyes, standing at 5-foot-11 and weighing 240 pounds. Todd is described as a white female with blue eyes, brown hair, standing at 5-foot-5 and weighing around 220 pounds.
CPS received a call earlier on Tuesday from a South Carolina relative saying that the mother intended to take the family to South Carolina, which would be a violation of Todd and Drakeford’s custody agreement. CPS also believes this might be an effort to deny the program custody of the juveniles.
The children are currently dependents of the state, according to Cmdr. Robb Lamoreaux of the Marysville Police Department. They were placed with the biological mother on a temporary basis as part of a program in which the state retains custody of the children who are reintroduced to the home on a temporary trial placement in which strict conditions must be met by the parent.
In this case, according to Lamoreaux, the children were temporarily placed in the home under the condition the biological father was not present at any time. Child Protective Services developed information the father was in the home and were in the process of revoking the trial placement when the parents fled with the children.
Anyone with any tips on the family or the car’s whereabouts is asked to call 360-363-8300.
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