Fernando and Alexia Marez

Two toddlers have been found safe and sound in Illinois after being reported abducted this morning in eastern Missouri’s St. Charles. The reported kidnappings prompted an AMBER Alert about four hours after the children were believed to have been taken.

A press release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says Alexia and Fernando Merez were believed to have been taken from their biological father, 24-year-old Fernando Marez. No information was given about whether the suspect is in custody.

According to the release, the suspect physically assaulted the children’s mother and threatened to kill one of the kids before leaving the scene with the children and another unknown Hispanic man and woman.

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