Missing children from Arab found, non-custodial parents turn themselves in

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. - Four brothers missing from Arab are on their way back to Alabama. Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston says the couple who took them turned themselves in Monday night in North Carolina.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued a missing child alert for Corbin, Alexander, Nicholas, and Ian Simmons on December 9th.

Police in Morganton, North Carolina, called investigators in Arab saying Marcus Simmons and Karissa Cummings had turned themselves in. Ralston says the couple had gone to Simmons' mother's home in the area Monday night. "It was about 11 o'clock when they showed up there. The mother was aware that the FBI, and us, and the U.S. Marshals were looking for the children. She called her daughter, she came over and talked to Mr. Simmons."

Ralston says she persuaded them to talk with police and drove them to the local department.

On December 7 the Blount County DHR removed the kids from their care. Simmons is their dad and Cummings is mom to three of the boys. DHR placed them with their grandmother in Arab because of abuse allegations. Police say the couple took the boys the next night while the grandmother was asleep.

"Blount County DHR is on the way to get the children," Ralston said. Police are investigating where the couple took the kids between leaving Marshall County and showing up in North Carolina. "We don't know that they'd been there the whole time. We did know at one point they were in Georgia," Ralston said.

The couple is facing felony charges for interfering with a child custody case.  Police haven't charged anyone else. "We don't feel like anybody there harbored them. We just think that they were on the move," Ralston said.

He says the kids are as fine as can be expected. "As good as they can be during the holiday season, having to go through all of this. But they're fine. They'll be transported back down here, and we don't know where they'll be placed. That'll be up to Blount County DHR."

Within the next few days the couple is expected to be extradited to Marshall County to face the felony warrants with the Arab Police Department.