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3 missing kids may have been taken to Mexico, believed to be in danger

3 missing kids may have been taken to Mexico, believed to be in danger

Three missing Indianapolis children who were the subject of a statewide Silver Alert last week may have been taken over 1,000 miles away to Mexico and are believed to be in danger, KTLA sister station WXIN reports.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) issued an alert last Friday that officers were actively searching for three children: Frankie, Queen and King Terrell. The kids were last seen around 12:30 p.m. Thursday with their biological parents, Willie and Jessika Terrell.

At the time, police said they believed the children were "in extreme danger and may require medical assistance,” but additional details were not immediately available.

Court documents filed Tuesday provided more information.

According to the filings, police were called to a Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que in Indianapolis on July 4 for a possible abduction. Officers met with the grandfather of the three children, who said he has custody of the kids and agreed through the Department of Child Services to have a meal with their biological parents, Willie and Jessika Terrell, at the restaurant.

However, when the man returned from using the bathroom at the restaurant, he said the children and parents were gone and that the Terrells had taken them away in a white minivan.

The man explained that he had been granted custody of the children in October. Police later learned the children had been taken from Willie and Jessika due to medical neglect where the children were not being fed properly or given their daily required medication.

After obtaining the children's medical records, IMPD determined that Frankie, 4, and King, 1, have been diagnosed with Alpha Thalassemia trait and Iron Deficiency Anemia. Queen, 3, has been diagnosed with Down's Syndrome and Anemia.

An IMPD missing persons alert and State Police Silver Alert were issued soon after.

Detectives soon obtained phone numbers for the parents from DCS and then requested "exigent pings" of the cell phones. While pings were initially reported in Louisville and Shreveport, Louisiana, police were later told on July 5 that the numbers were no longer associated with the Terrells.

Then, on Monday, IMPD received an accurate phone number for Willie that produced a one-time ping around 4:15 a.m. in the area of Columbus, Texas. A DCS case manager then told police she had spoken with Willie and his therapist on a three-way call.

During the call, Willie reportedly told his therapist the children were "OK" and they were on their way to Mexico. The DCS worker, looped in by Willie's therapist, said the father was nearly 300 miles from Mexico and that he wanted the FBI to investigate why his kids were being taken from him.

Tuesday morning, Texas authorities helped obtain a ping of Willie's phone that showed he was in Pearsall, Texas, about 100 miles from the U.S./Mexico border.

Police provided the following descriptions of the children:

Frankie Terrell (4 years old)

  • Female
  • 3 feet tall
  • 46 pounds
  • Brown hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Last seen wearing a pink shirt and blue pants

Queen Terrell (3 years old)

  • Female
  • 2 feet, 6 inches tall
  • 30 pounds
  • Brown hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Last seen wearing a pink shirt, gray pants and light-up tennis shoes

King Terrell (1 year old)

  • Male
  • 1 foot, 8 inches tall
  • 15 pounds
  • Brown hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Last seen wearing a Mickey Mouse outfit and red shoes

No other information was immediately provided by IMPD or in court documents. State and local police are still actively searching for the children and their parents.