WASHINGTON – Three children reported missing Sunday evening have been found and police have canceled an Amber Alert issued to help find them.
Prince George’s County police say the children are safe and were never in the car or in danger. The children’s mother – 33-year-old Deborah Fashakin of Capitol Heights, Md. – has been charged with making a false report to a law enforcement officer.
Police began looking for Brian, 5, Denise, 3, and Jacklyn Fashakin, 2, Sunday evening after their mother reported that someone got into her Nissan Altima as she was pumping gas and drove away from a gas station at Central Avenue and Ritchie Road.
The Maryland State Police issued a formal Amber Alert before 11 p.m. Police found the car about an hour later in the District. Soon after, police reported that the children had been found.
Police say that the woman’s car was stolen. But detectives believe that the woman reported that her children were in the Altima so police would respond faster.
Fashakin is being held on a $5,000 bond. Police say the charge against her carries a penalty of six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.