Private Citizen Spots Siblings Missing from Child Haven

LAS VEGAS -- The five siblings who ran away from Child Haven Tuesday have been found safe, Metro Police said.

The siblings who range in age from 7 to 14 years old were located in the northwest part of town Wednesday around 1:25 p.m. near Lake Mead Boulevard and Buffalo Drive at a Taco Bell restaurant. Police say a private citizen spotted the children. By the time police arrived, the children had left the restaurant, but were located a short time later in a nearby Walgreens store. Police say the children will be returned to Child Haven.

In the statement released earlier in the day by the Division of Family Services, it doesn't explain how the children left the Child Haven facility, but does say it is not a detention center and staff can't physically intervene to stop older children from leaving. The statement, from campus manager Jolie Courtney, says there are safety features such as fences, gate codes and security guards, but children and youth cannot be locked into the facility.

Police say 11-year-old Luchiano Nicholas, 9-year-old Sarah Nicholas, 7-year-old Demetri Nicholas, 14-year-old Savannah Nicolas and 13-year-old Violet Bimbo-Nicholas left the facility Tuesday around 4:30 p.m.

Metro Police officer Laura Meltzer said the children were transported in a vehicle from one location to another after they left Child Haven.

 


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