Noncustodial Arizona parents accused of abducting 3 children

December 17, 2021 GMT

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Noncustodial parents have been arrested after allegedly abducting their three young children, who were later found safe in a Phoenix suburb, authorities said.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials said the children were taken on Dec. 7 from the home of their grandparents, who have temporary custody.

The grandparents live in Paulden, a community north of Prescott.

Sheriff’s officials said 36-year-old Ryan Nicholas Mullin of San Tan Valley and 32-year-old Ashlee Lynne Waldie of Paulden allegedly have a history of drug use and neglecting the children.

A U.S. Marshals Task Force found the two suspects and the children in a car Wednesday in Apache Junction.

Mullin and Waldie have been booked into a Yavapai County jail on suspicion of abduction of a child from state custody, sheriff’s officials said.

It was unclear Thursday if Mullin and Waldie have lawyers yet who can speak on their behalf.