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UPDATE: Amber Alert Issued in Los Angeles County for 4 Children

Officials say the children may be in a dark-colored Chrysler PT Cruiser

Enrique Felix. Photo provided by Bay City News
Enrique Felix. Photo provided by Bay City News
Originally posted at 2:23 p.m. March 15, 2014. Edited with more details.

EDITOR'S NOTE: As of 7:42 p.m., the children had not been located.

An amber alert has been issued today for four children taken from the Boyle Heights area in the Los Angeles.

According to the California Highway Patrol website, Justin Felix, 5, Enrique Felix, 7, Veronica Felix, 1, and 1-year-old Janeth Felix were abducted on March 14 at about 12:30 p.m. 

CHP officials say the children were taken by Rose Chairez, 28, and 28-year-old Enrique Felix. Chairez and Felix may be driving a gray or purple Chrysler PT Cruiser with paper license plates and a missing hub cap. 

KABC-TV in Los Angeles reported that the children were taken by their biological parents while they were in the care of their grandmother, under protective custody.

Social workers had placed the children in protective custody because their father was physically violent toward them and their mother, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Martin Baeza said at the Hollenbeck Station, where photos of the suspects and victims were circulated.

The suspects were reportedly seen in the 1400 block of Indiana Street, according to KABC-TV.

"The safety of the children is primary here," Baeza said.

No other details surrounding the abduction have been released. Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department at (323) 342-4101.

City News Service contributed to this report. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available. 
Stoked March 17, 2014 at 09:58 AM
A physically abusive father and husband and some are concerned with citizenship? I think that you're missing the point here. Those that automatically assume undocumented when the surnames are Hispanic might have to rethink later this month when the Hispanic percentage in California surpasses the non-Hispanic white population.
Nanette Pastor-Hanna March 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM
How does leaving the children with their grandmother constitute "protective custody" when the abusive parent knows the address of his mother/mother-in-law? This is yet another example of the incompetence of the social welfare system in Los Angeles! We need and deserve accountability. Moreover, the children deserve better than this!
Wolfman March 22, 2014 at 08:23 PM
why are we issuing ambler alerts on domestic family issues as it is a waste of taxpayers money no wonder California is broke

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