Amarah Banks

BREAKING: AMBER Alert mom & 2 young daughters found dead in garage

A Wisconsin mother and her two young daughters, who were the centerpiece of a weekend AMBER Alert, have been found dead.

According to FOX 6 News, Amarah Banks and her daughters Camaria Banks, 4, and Zaniya Banks, 5, were found deceased in a garage close to 47th and Burleigh in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee Police Department confirmed that Amarah’s boyfriend, Arzel Ivery, was taken into custody in Nashville, Tennessee. Ivery reportedly told investigators the location of Amarah and her children.

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According to Milwaukee Police Chief Alonso Morales, Ivery is considered the main suspect in the case. He added that homicide charges against Ivery are pending.

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As CrimeOnline previously reported, Amara’s mother, Valeria Skinner-Banks, told FOX6 that a family member dropped her daughter off at her Sherman Boulevard apartment on February 8 at around 1 a.m. It was the last time they saw her alive.

On February 7, Amara attended a funeral for her 1-year-old son, Arzel. When she failed to show up to brunch with her sister the following day and didn’t arrive at work on Monday, Amara’s family knew something was wrong.

“She’s just the kind of person that’s very consistent,” Skinner-Banks said. “For her not to get in contact with us, and not to let us know that something is wrong.”

The investigation is ongoing. Check back for updates.

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[Feature Photo: Amarah Banks & her children/Handout]