2 children found safe after they were abducted

Posted at 10:06 AM, Feb 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-24 12:06:51-05

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    Phoenix, AZ (KTVK) — Two children have been found safe after an Amber Alert was issued Saturday afternoon.

Police say the children were abducted by their father from a parking lot in Phoenix.

Sgt. James Rothschild with Phoenix police said the children, ages 3 and 5, were found safe by deputies with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in a hotel room in Gila Bend at around midnight Sunday morning.

They are now being reunited with their mother.

Rothschild said it all started around 4:15 p.m., when their mother was near 27th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road with the two children in her vehicle. She briefly left the vehicle and when she returned, the vehicle was gone.

Police said officers found the abandoned vehicle nearby, and determined through their investigation that the children were with their father, 36-year-old Justin Bylsma.

Police said Bylsma did not have permission to take the children.

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