Eight children who were abducted from Arkansas were found in the parking lot of a restaurant in California over the weekend, according to police, who said they arrested the children’s mother.
Trista Fullerton, 36, is accused of kidnapping her children from their foster homes after she lost her custodial rights, the Anderson Police Department in California said in a news release.
Fullerton, of Rogers, Arkansas, remains behind bars at the Shasta County Jail in Redding, California. It’s not clear if she has an attorney who can speak on her behalf.
Anderson police were called to the parking lot around 12:30 a.m. Saturday after a person saw a “woman displaying bizarre behavior.” A welfare check requested for her and the six children with her. The family was found to be “associated with” a Dodge pickup truck with an Arkansas license plate, the news release states.
Officers learned that Fullerton had a felony warrant for her arrest in Arkansas for the abduction of eight children. She was taken into custody and through an interview, police learned that the other two children were at a home in the area of Cottonwood, California. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office helped retrieve the two children from the home.
All eight children were placed in the care of the Shasta County Children and Family Services and will be reunited with their guardians in Arkansas, authorities said. It’s not clear when they were allegedly abducted.
NBC News reached out to police in Rogers, Arkansas, for more information.
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