Sunday, December 30, 2007

Police search for woman who left 'L' train while kids were still inside

Angelo, 4, (left) and Isaiah, 6.

(Photo courtesy Chicago Police / December 29, 2007)
She stepped off the elevated train at 63rd Street on Thursday night with her 3-year-old daughter in her arms, but as the train pulled away, passengers frantically tried to alert her that her two young sons were still aboard, police said.
"Someone shouted 'She's leaving her kids,' " Detective Christopher Garlington said Saturday. "People tried to get her attention, but she just walked away.
"With the two boys—Isaiah, 6, and Angelo, 4—in foster care, police continued searching for their 24-year-old mother and her daughter, Infinity, who were last seen about 6:40 p.m. Thursday, getting off the southbound CTA Red Line, Garlington said.
Passengers said the two boys were sitting away from their mother on the train and may have been unaware that she had gotten off, Garlington said.
On Friday night, a man who said he was Isaiah's father called police after seeing a television news story about the boys, Garlington said.
Police still are looking for Angelo's father.Police think that the family is from Chicago and that the woman didn't have any other children.
The Department of Children and Family Services took protective custody of the boys Thursday night and placed them in foster care, spokesman Kendall Marlowe said. The agency is investigating, he said.
Police identified the woman from surveillance photos taken on the CTA platform, but they do not know her address and have not been able to contact any of her relatives, Garlington said. Police have been distributing fliers in hopes that someone can help authorities find her.
Garlington declined to discuss possible charges the woman may face because police did not want discourage her from contacting authorities.
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