Two young brothers from Suwanee who were the subject of a nationwide Amber Alert have been found unharmed Saturday in Texas.
And their father, Mr. Daniel Cleary, has been taken into police custody, according to Roswell police.
Officers requested the nationwide alert on Thursday after discovering that Mr. Cleary, of Roswell, violated a court order by not communicating for several days with his ex-wife about the location of their children.
He also failed to return them to their mother’s home on Wednesday, police spokesman Lt. James McGhee said.
Guests at an Economy hotel in Austin recognized the two boys and their dad from media reports and notified a clerk who called police, Lt. McGhee said.
The guests also broadcasted the sightings on social media outlets, he said.
Officers arrested Mr. Cleary and took the two boys into custody. Their mom was on a plane Saturday night to get her two boys, Lt. McGhee said.
“The kids are at the police department playing video games,” Lt. McGhee said. “They were being kept occupied until their mom gets there.”
Ms. Theresa Nash last heard from her two sons, Henry Cleary, 7, and Ben Cleary, 9, on Dec. 22 when they were in Tennessee, police said.
“They were going on a trip there – that’s where they called me from. And said they were going there to a hotel for an evening. And then when they were supposed to return home, they never returned home,” Ms. Nash said, according to CBS Atlanta.
The children and their father were spotted on surveillance video on Dec. 23 and 24 at a Walmart in Chattanooga, TN, Lt. McGhee said.
Mr. Clearly, who had the children since Dec. 19, was supposed to return them to their mom who lives in Suwanee on Wednesday, Lt. McGhee said.
But the mom hadn’t seen or spoken to them since Saturday, he said.
“Since then, his phone has been shut off. I got suspicious when I didn’t hear from them by the end of the day Christmas,” Ms. Nash told Channel 2 Action News.
She went over to the house, but no one was there. Three days later, she called the police who searched the home.
“We got indication that he was leaving, that he was not coming back and that he had been planning this for a while,” Lt. McGhee said.
Mr. Cleary, 46, faces a felony charge of interstate interference with custody, Lt. McGhee said. He has to go through an extradition hearing in order to be brought back to Georgia to face the charge.
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