Mother accused of abducting her own kids

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Amy Richey. (Columbia Police Department)

COLUMBIA, IL (KTVI) – Detectives with the Columbia Police Department in Illinois are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman accused of abducting her own children and taking the kids from their biological father.

According to Columbia Chief of Police Col. Joseph Edwards, police were contacted March 20 just after 10:40 p.m., regarding an abduction from the 1500 block of N. Main Street of Columbia.

Once they arrived at the scene, police made contact with an individual who told them Amy Richey, the mother of his two children, had taken their five-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. The father was inside a gas station at the time of the abduction.

Richey, 34, had no parental rights to the children, according to a December 2014 court order, Edwards said.

Authorities issued an AMBER Alert for the children shortly thereafter. Just before 2 a.m. on March 21, a St. Francois County deputy located Richey and the children in Valles Mines, Missouri. Columbia police responded, took custody of the children, and returned them safely to their father.

Richey escaped and remains at-large, Edwards said.

The Columbia Police Department has since charged Richey with two counts of child abduction.

Anyone with information on Richey’s whereabouts is asked to contact their local police department.