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Missing Arab children found in North Carolina

The boys' parents turned themselves in at a police department east of Asheville late Tuesday night.

Posted: Dec 19, 2017 9:19 AM
Updated: Dec 19, 2017 7:35 PM

Four Alabama children missing for two weeks are safe and their parents in custody after turning themselves in overnight in North Carolina, Arab police said.

The boys, ranging in age from 1 to 11 years old, were in the process of being brought back to Alabama by Blount County's Department of Human Resources, Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston said Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile their parents, Marcus Simmons and Karissa Cummings, are in custody and had an extradition hearing scheduled Tuesday.

The couple turned themselves in at the Morganton, N.C., Police Department late Monday night, Ralston said.

"They're all safe and sound," Ralston said.

Simmons and Cummings each face a felony charge of interference with child custody, Ralston said. 

The boys were reported missing Dec. 8, when their parents allegedly took them from their grandmother's home in Arab.

Since they disappeared, Simmons and Cummings had limited their online activity and despite working with U.S. Marshals and the FBI, Ralston said police didn't have a good idea of where they were before they turned themselves in.

"We had run out of leads, really," he said.

Ralston said he did not know what prompted Simmons and Cummings to turn themselves in.

It's unknown when the couple will be returned to Marshall County to face charges.

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