Police in Illinois say they have found the two young children who had been the subject of an Amber Alert issued Wednesday.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 2-year-old Jordyn Washington and 3-year-old Lynn Roby were believed to be in danger after authorities announced their father was a person of interest in the fatal shooting of their mother at a gas station in Markham and was accused of abducting them Wednesday afternoon.
Some early reports indicated Lynn Washington was prohibited by a court order from contacting his children. Subsequent updates suggest only their mother had obtained legal protection.
After their abduction, Washington’s sister reportedly claimed he had custody of the kids, an assertion police disputed.
An update Thursday from state police indicated both children were recovered safe and that the Amber Alert has since ended, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The report included scant details about the circumstances of their recovery.
As WLS reported, the children were dropped off at their grandmother’s home Thursday afternoon.
Authorities in Markham had not offered additional information as of the latest reports available.
Washington is a person of interest in the death of 27-year-old Lakisha Roby, the children’s mother, in a shooting that occurred shortly before police say they were taken from a family friend.
The victim was transported from a BP station to an Oak Lawn hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
In an order of protection filed last year by Roby against Washington, she wrote that he “has a history of abuse with myself and other women,” explaining that she feels that she would have a “chance of being hurt or worse by him.”
[Feature Photo: Lynn Roby, Jordyn Washington/Police Handout]