Father of AMBER Alert children says they were headed to Disney World
CHENEY, Wash. — Just an hour after an AMBER Alert was issued for four kids missing from the Seattle area, Washington State Patrol found them safely in Cheney.
Troopers took the children’s parents, Nicholas Antoine and Crystal Lane, into custody but released them Tuesday evening.
The initial alert said Antoine and Lane took off with the kids in an RV when a Superior Court judge ordered they be handed over to Child Protective Services.
“We were going a little early to visit some family in Colorado and Tennessee and then make our way down to some family and friends in Florida and go to Disney World for over Christmas,” said Antoine. “That was the girls’ kind of Christmas wish this year.”
According to the alert, both parents have a history of psychiatric problems and there has been a history of domestic violence in the family.
At the time, Antoine was thought to be armed with an AR-15, and the alert said he’s been known to threaten social workers in the past.
“I actually seen the Amber Alert,” said Antoine. “We were at a cafe, ordering some food.”
Even after seeing the alert, Antoine said he called his attorney immediately, but kept driving.
WSP troopers pulled over the RV in Cheney after a local spotted it and called police.
Antoine said he didn’t know a judge had ordered his kids to be removed, adding that he will get back custody once the court “figures things out.”
The children were taken in an abulance and are now in the custody of CPS.
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