- Associated Press - Friday, December 22, 2017

DELPHI, Ind. (AP) - A northwestern Indiana sheriff says three sisters taken from their home by their mother have been found safe in Arkansas.

Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said 12-year-old Aujhanay Udhus, 8-year-old Georgia Banks and 6-year-old Amariah Banks were taken Tuesday from a home in the Carroll County, Indiana, community of Delphi, where they lived with their maternal grandmother. She was granted custody of the children in March 2016.

Leazenby says subsequent interviews with relatives had heightened officials’ concern.

Leazenby says state and federal authorities apprehended the girls’ mother, 33-year-old Leah Banks, and her husband, Kevin Banks, Friday evening in Helena, Arkansas. He’s the father of Georgia and Amariah.

Leazenby says the girls are in custody and “fine.” He added the parents were arrested on charges of interfering with custody.

Police believe the girls had been taken to a home in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the last known address of Leah and Kevin Banks.


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