Woman, illegal immigrant arrested for abduction of her 4 children from Marion County

A woman who lost custody of her four

children was arrested Sunday in Tennessee along with her illegal

immigrant boyfriend after abducting the kids in South Mississippi,

authorities said.

The children were not harmed. Brittany Alvarez, 21, grabbed the

kids from their grandmother's home in rural Marion County about 5

p.m. Saturday, said Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi

Department of Public Safety.

An Amber Alert was issued Sunday before the children were found

in McMinn County in Tennessee.

Doug Barnes, chief investigator with the Marion County Sheriff's

Department, said Alvarez was arrested on a warrant for four counts

of kidnapping. Samuel Crispin, a 21-year-old illegal immigrant from

El Salvador, will be charged with accessory after the fact, Barnes


The children were identified as 6-year-old Jacob Alvarez,

4-year-old Jasmine Alvarez, 3-year-old Joseph Alvarez and

2-month-old Natalie Alvarez.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services began investigating

Brittany Alvarez on June 29 over claims that the children were

being abused, officials said.

"The result of the investigation was that the state of

Mississippi took custody of these four kids," Barnes said.

"During a supervised visitation, she absconded with all four


Barnes would not say exactly why the children had been taken

from their mother due to a pending investigation.

The children were found in Tennessee near the town of Athens

after an alert motorist told a police officer that a vehicle fit

the description on the Amber Alert.

"It's a testament to this program," Barnes said.

Brittany Alvarez and Crispin were each being held on a $75,000

bond at the McMinn County Justice Center, according to officials in

Tennessee. They will be arraigned Tuesday and could be extradited

back to Mississippi soon after.

The children were taken by the Tennessee Department of Children

Services and will be returned to Mississippi, Barnes said.