A Sun Valley couple being investigated for alleged neglect of their three children related to possible narcotics abuse were found Friday along with the children, who were placed in the custody of social workers, authorities said.
“Today the family was located and the three children are safe with U.S. Border Patrol agents. DCFS has taken custody of the children and will find appropriate placement while they continue their investigation,” according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Police said neither parent was arrested, and no criminal charges are pending at this time. Police did not say where the family was found.
The Los Angeles County Department Children and Family Services had sought a court order to place the children of Luis Avalos and Arely Anaya in protective custody. Authorities said earlier this week that the couple’s youngest child, Legend Avalos, tested positive for cocaine along with the baby’s mother when the child was born on Dec. 2.
The couple’s other two children are 4-year-old Prince Anaya and 5-year-old King Anaya.
According to the LAPD, the parents were made aware of DCFS’ intention to remove their children from the home and no longer responded to phone calls, nor answered their door for social workers.
On Dec. 27, the department spoke with detectives from the LAPD’s Foothill juvenile division and said they were seeking a court order and an arrest warrant for the parents. The LAPD responded to the family’s residence in the 8900 block of Haddon Avenue in Sun Valley, but neither the parents nor the children were located.
Witnesses told authorities that the parents fled with the children on Dec. 23 with a possible destination of Reno, Nevada.