Four missing Alabama boys were found about 400 miles from home early this morning, police said.
1-year-old Corbin Simmons, 4-year-old Alexander Simmons, 5-year-old Nicholas Simmons and 11-year-old Ian Simmons were found in Morganton, North Carolina, according to Alabama authorities. The boys went missing in Arab on Dec. 8. Morganton is about 400 miles from Arab. It’s a city of about 17,000 people in Burke County, North Carolina.
Noncustodial parents Marcus Eugene Simmons and Karissa Renee Cummings have been arrested by North Carolina authorities. The man and woman lost custody of the children the day before they took off, police said. They are accused of fleeing to North Carolina to stay with family, said Arab Assistant Police Chief Shane Washburn.
“Right now, they’re in custody of local law enforcement in North Carolina, and we’ll be in the process of getting them back to Alabama,” Washburn said of the parents. “I’m not certain of the details of how they got them yet.”
The parents are wanted on warrants in Alabama for interference with child custody. That’s a Class C felony that’s punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The parents are accused of taking the children from a home on Cobb Road in Arab. That’s in Marshall County. The children temporarily were living there in the custody of a relative. Authorities haven’t said why the children were removed by Blount County DHR from their parents.