Missing children found safe in Region 8

LILBOURN, MO (KAIT) – The search is over for 2 children who police say were taken by their aunt in Southeast Missouri.

The New Madrid County Sheriff's Department said three-year-old Veronica and one-year-old Brian Birdwell, Jr. were found at the Arkansas/Missouri State Line around 11pm Friday night.

Police say neither child was harmed.

Investigators say they were taken by 21-year-old Marissa Patterson. She claimed the state of Missouri was about to claim custody of the children from their mother, and Patterson didn't want that to happen.

The children were found with Patterson's own two-and-a-half-year-old child Edward Joseph Ward.

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