ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police have found the five children who left their father’s home Saturday night. APD says the children were found with a family friend and appear to be healthy and safe. Detectives say they are also investigating any allegations made by the children that led to them leaving.

The children were last seen at their father/step-father’s apartment on Western Skies Dr. around 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 12.

In an update from APD Monday morning, officers believed the oldest child, an 11-year-old, took her siblings from the home presumably to be with a relative in the area. APD said this is due to a known conversation between the 11-year-old and local family.

APD also says the children are caught in the middle of a custodial dispute between family members. Detectives believed the children are with local family members.

Their father’s attorney says the children were taken by their mother back in July and found in Oklahoma City. He says they had just been returned to their father when they went missing.

The children’s names and ages are:

  • Selma Craig-Bell (10-months-old)
  • Trinity Bell-Craig (3-years-old)
  • Tanylah Craigh-Bell (4-year-old)
  • Ataliah Bell (6-years-old)
  • Tennaayah Bell (11-years-old)