MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Four children who had been missing for a month were found safe in Memphis Wednesday evening.
Police say Mariah Thomas (10), Jamiyah Thomas (8), Chance Veasley (3), and Keimiaya Veasely (1) had last seen in the 2800 block of Nathan Avenue in Binghampton on October 5th with their mother Jamisha Thomas. They were not supposed to be in her custody.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an AMBER Alert for the children Wednesday afternoon. They were found safe several hours later.
According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office warrant’s website, a warrant has been issued for Jamisha Thomas for child abuse-endangerment.
WREG talked to Ida Thomas, Jamisha’s grandmother and she told us she was surprised to see news reports saying investigators believe the children could be in danger.
“If she was a danger to her children why didn’t they get them before now,” Thomas said. “I didn’t think she was a danger to her children. She loves her children.”
She said she doesn’t know why the children aren’t supposed to be with her and when she’s asked police, they won’t tell her.
They continually come to see if Jamisha is at her house, but she says her granddaughter does not live with her.
Thomas said she saw Jamisha in a vehicle that passed by her home yesterday, but it didn’t stop.
She believes Jamisha might’ve taken the children over a custody issue.
“They said they were going to take them away from her, but before they took them out of her arms she took them and ran with them cause she wanted to be with her children,” Thomas said. “I hope she gives herself up and tries to get this straightened out. So everybody can help her and stuff.”
We asked police why it took a month for the children to be reported missing, but we have not heard back.
If you see Jamisha Thomas, you are urged to contact the Memphis Police Department Sex Crimes Bureau at (901)-636-3330 or contact TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.