Two young children reportedly kidnapped

January 4, 2009 8:16:49 PM PST
Missouri City police need your help to find two young children who were allegedly kidnapped by their biological mother. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Relatives say the mother doesn't have a car, and she must have had help sneaking the children away during a supervised visit in Missouri City.

Investigators are focusing their search on a couple of areas. The mother has an apartment on the southwest side of Houston. She also has extended family in Victoria, Texas. The paternal grandfather, who has full custody of the boys, just wants them to come home.

Stanley Griffin says he had arranged for 5-year-old Javante Griffin and 21-month-old Israel Griffin, Jr., to have a visit with their mother, LaQuanda D. Williams in his Missouri City home on Friday.

"I felt that we had a good enough relationship where as if she wanted to see the kids, just give a time and I would arrange my schedule," said Griffin.

Griffin says William indicated the boys were hungry so he ran down to the store and was home within about 15 minutes. That's when he says he realized the boys were gone.

"I stuck my key in the front door and it wasn't locked," he said. "I knew then something was wrong."

Griffin says that with no car, he didn't believe that Williams could get far. But someone left a note on his truck indicating someone may have given them a ride.

"It said in a note that he asked for his grandfather. I mean to me, that should have sent up a flag, you know, whatever she told you to get that ride," Griffin said tearfully.

An empty picture frame is a symbol of how Griffin says he feels. In his now quiet house, he says he is particularly concerned because the mother has a history of mental health issues.

"It's an empty house to me. Even though it is completely furnished, it is empty here," said Griffin. " I mean, it's empty inside of here (touching his heart) because I love my grandchildren and I want them home."

The children's grandfather says both boys were wearing Ironman pajamas. They were ready for bed. He says he doesn't even believe the mother has any additional clothes for the boys.

Both children are African-American. Javante is around four feet tall and weighs 43 pounds. Israel, Jr., stands around two feet tall and is roughly 24 pounds.

Police tell Eyewitness News they haven't issued an Amber Alert, because they believe the little boys are not in immediate danger. But, they do need to find them.

If you know the whereabouts of these children or have information concerning this case, please contact the Missouri City Police Department at 281-403-8700.

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