Mother charged with abduction after her four children sought in Ohio Amber Alert were found safe

Posted at 5:17 PM, Jul 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-21 21:21:29-04

EUCLID, Ohio - The non-custodial mother who drove off with her four kids, triggering an Ohio Amber Alert, has been charged with abduction and endangering children, according to WEWS in Cleveland.

Brianna Harris, 23, described as bipolar/schizophrenic and off her medications, took the kids from a home in Euclid, Ohio, on Friday, according to police. They were recovered safely Saturday afternoon, several hours after their father, who has custody, reported them missing.

There were emergency medical concerns for one of the 2-year-old twins. The girl had a tracheotomy in the previous 24 hours and needs to be on oxygen. Police believed the child may have run out of oxygen. She is also fed through a feeding tube.

The other Harris children are ages 7 and 4.

The children were being evaluated at a hospital and were believed to be in good health.

According to authorities, Harris took the kids and fled the area of 440 East 146th St. around noon Friday in a blue Toyota Corolla.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, police located the vehicle on Dickens Avenue in Cleveland, but the family was not with the car. 

Fifteen minutes later, authorities located all four children with Harris at 1300 Superior Ave.  

The Department of Child and Family Services will be taking custody of the children at this time.

According to court records, Harris was on probation for aggravated assault in 2014. There was an open warrant out for her arrest from May 10 for failing to appear at her probation appointment.

Authorities say additional arrests are possible as the investigation is still open.