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,
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