UPDATE: After their mother was reported seen Wednesday evening without the two missing children, this case was raised to an Amber Alert on Thursday, per CHP.
Los Angeles police were asking for the public’s help in locating two children who were allegedly taken by their biological mother, authorities said late Tuesday.
The mother of the kids took them from the 1700 block of West 35th Place (map) on Monday afternoon, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.
They were reported missing by the grandmother the following morning after they did not return, the release stated.
The children were last seen in the Northridge area around 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, according to police.
It was believed they could be heading to Phoenix, Arizona, where police said the biological father may be living.
Emanuel Freeman, 8, was described by police as a black male who had black hair and brown eyes. He stands about 4 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 94 pounds, according to the release. The boy was wearing a black t-shirt with a “Mario Brothers” picture, black shorts with white stripes and black sandals.
Nine-year-old Adoniah Freeman was described as a black female, standing 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 97 pounds, police said in the release. She has black hair and brown eyes. Adoniah was last seen wearing a pink dress with white flowers.
Both kids have asthma and require and inhaler, according to police.
The mother was identified by authorities as 37-year-old Ameenah Rasheedah Freeman. She has black hair and brown eyes, is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs roughly 160 pounds, the release stated. Freeman was wearing a black dress and black sandals when she was last seen.
The vehicle was described as a maroon 2011 Ford Edge with paper license plates that read “Airport Marina.”
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Freeman or the two children was urged to contact LAPD at 877-527-3247. Anonymous tips can also be left by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.