A Michigan mother arrested Wednesday for allegedly stuffing her two infant daughters in a suitcase before a visit from Child Protective Services has been charged with four felonies.
Katrina Childress, 26, was reportedly arrested Wednesday afternoon in front of her Flint home. According to MLive, Childress was walking at a local park with her twin girls and two young sons, ages 3 and 4, that day when an officer noticed the children were improperly dressed for the cold weather.
The officer took the family back to their home and allegedly noticed the residence was in disarray, which led to the officer calling CPS. MLive reported that the mother-of-four starting cleaning ahead of the CPS visit.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton claimed, at one point, Childress toted a suitcase—containing her twin babies—to the curb and ran off. She was apprehended following a brief foot chase, reports indicated.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, officers who checked the home after the ordeal noticed that two of Childress’ four children were missing. Officers allegedly located the twins while canvassing the property.
The two girls were transported to the hospital, where they were listed in good condition.
On Friday, Leyton announced that the Flint mother was charged with two counts of second-degree child abuse and two counts of unlawful imprisonment. The prosecutor said Childress’ four children were temporarily placed in foster care, according to MLive.
“We suspect that there are some mental health issues involved in this matter,” he said. “CPS is well aware of this woman. They’ve worked with her before.”
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