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.

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