Police interviewing mother of two young boys found in man's - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Police interviewing mother of two young boys found in man's front yard

MARBLE HILL, MO (KFVS) -

Police found the mother of two young boys who were found in a man's front yard early Friday morning.

According to Marble Hill Police Chief Dennis Willis, the mother is from Illinois and dropped her sons off at a friend's grandmother's house around 10 p.m. Thursday.

Marble Hill Assistant Police Chief Scott Schaffer says Amanda Mchughs and her friend Alicia Rhodes dropped Mchughs' 4 and 2-year-old sons off at Rhodes' grandmother's house and went out to party.

Willis says a man called police around 5 a.m. Friday after he found the children in his yard. Chief Willis said one boy is four years old, the other is still in diapers.

The youngest child was wearing a diaper and was barefoot, according to the chief. He also said the older child had a tee-shirt and shoes on, but he was soaked.  The kids had a small backpack with diapers inside of it.

Investigators went door to door asking if anyone knows the children, but no one knew of anything.

Willis says when the woman, whose house the children were staying at, woke up Friday morning, she assumed their mother had picked up the children.  When the mother came back to the house Friday afternoon, the children were not there and they began searching.

Willis says the world can be scary for children.

"Especially these two it's a strange town," said Willis. "They couldn't tell us where they live, they couldn't tell us their last name, they couldn't tell us anything other than they had a blue car, and the mom's first name, and their first name. And of course children are small, but you need to know where you're leaving your kids and you need to pick them up on time."

He says he's never seen a case like this before.

"In 25 years of wearing a badge, I've never seen anything like this," said Willis. "A lot of people screaming because they can't find their children, and I understand that. But I've never had small children in custody for them many hours without somebody claiming them, somebody calling in, you know worried about their children."

"I've been doing this for 15 years, and this is the first time I've ever had anything like this," said Schaffer.

Both boys are in the custody of the Department of Family Services.

The father of one of the boys, William Burton, says he gets to see his son every other weekend, and is hurt he won't get to now because he's in the custody of the state.

"That scared me, and freaked me out, my 2-year-old boy, lost," said Burton.

Police questioned the mother Friday afternoon.

There will be a court date next week.  Until then, the boys will remain in state custody.

The police chief does not know if charges will be filed yet.

Copyright 2011 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Single winning ticket claims 2nd largest Powerball jackpot

    Single winning ticket claims 2nd largest Powerball jackpot

    Thursday, August 24 2017 4:11 AM EDT2017-08-24 08:11:32 GMT
    Thursday, August 24 2017 6:07 AM EDT2017-08-24 10:07:32 GMT

    The winning numbers were 06-07-16-23-26, with a Powerball number of 04.

    The winning numbers were 06-07-16-23-26, with a Powerball number of 04.

  • Solicitor: Suspect in deadly Conway bank robbery to face two counts of murder, other charges

    Solicitor: Suspect in deadly Conway bank robbery to face two counts of murder, other charges

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 11:36 PM EDT2017-08-24 03:36:44 GMT
    Front: Brandon Council (Source: Conway Police), Background: The scene in Greenville, NC where Council was apprehended. (Source: WITN reporter Lynnette Taylor's Facebook Live)Front: Brandon Council (Source: Conway Police), Background: The scene in Greenville, NC where Council was apprehended. (Source: WITN reporter Lynnette Taylor's Facebook Live)

    The person of interest in the double-murder and bank robbery in Conway on Monday is in custody. Brandon MIchael Council was arrested in Greenville, North Carolina Wednesday, along with two other people, authorities there confirmed.  Brandon Michael Council was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of two CresCom bank employees during a bank robbery at the CresCom Bank in Conway on Monday afternoon.

    The person of interest in the double-murder and bank robbery in Conway on Monday is in custody. Brandon MIchael Council was arrested in Greenville, North Carolina Wednesday, along with two other people, authorities there confirmed.  Brandon Michael Council was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of two CresCom bank employees during a bank robbery at the CresCom Bank in Conway on Monday afternoon.

  • Verizon tweaks prices, cuts video quality on unlimited plans

    Verizon tweaks prices, cuts video quality on unlimited plans

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 2:52 PM EDT2017-08-22 18:52:47 GMT
    Thursday, August 24 2017 6:27 AM EDT2017-08-24 10:27:53 GMT
    Verizon is raising the price on its unlimited plan while introducing a slightly cheaper, more limited version of it as wireless carriers battle each other for customers.
    Verizon is raising the price on its unlimited plan while introducing a slightly cheaper, more limited version of it as wireless carriers battle each other for customers.
Powered by Frankly