Noncustodial Arizona parents accused of abducting 3 children
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.