Missing Missouri Children Found, Mother Arrested with Boyfriend

A mother and her boyfriend are behind bars Tuesday morning for reportedly kidnapping three children from Missouri.

Tulsa Police were alerted of the kidnapping after receiving word from Missouri authorities. All three kids were from St Francois County, Missouri.

Authorities told KTUL that Julie Mendoza and Patrick McKinzie were found with the children walking around the area before 1 a.m. near St. John's Hospital.

"They were just walking down the street coming out of the hospital. They had parked their car somewhere close, tried to hide it in a parking garage. We are not sure exactly where they were going. I don't think they knew either. I think they were lost in this part of town trying to figure out how to get out of here without being spotted," said Corporal Jason Muse, of the Tulsa Police Department.

Mendoza, the children's mother, was taken into custody along with her boyfriend, Patrick McKinzie. He had reportedly posted on his facebook that he was headed to California.

Missouri authorities notified officials that Mendoza was allowed visitation with her children last weekend. But she apparently did not return them at noon on Sunday.

All individuals are waiting for Missouri authorities to arrive in Tulsa. Mendoza and McKinzie are currently being held at the Tulsa County Jail

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