Siblings Missing, Presumed in Mexico

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Authorities are on the lookout for two San Benito children. Police are classifying this case as a welfare concern. It’s the first case of its kind that has multiple agencies searching.

San Benito Police continue the search for 11-year-old Alondra Sanchez Rosales and 15-year-old Brandon Rosales Sanchez.

It’s a unique case that has authorities concerned about potential abuse. That’s because the children have not been reported missing. The family were supposed to have checked in with Child Protective Services.

On March 23, 2017, the children’s parents were notified to meet with CPS. When they failed to meet with the agency, police were alerted to help find the children.

It was during an investigation that the San Benito Police Department learned the children had been withdrawn from school. They also discovered that the mother’s boyfriend, Christian Osvaldo Lopez, had a history of child abuse.

San Benito Police Chief Michael Galvan, “The biggest question is why is there not an Amber Alert put out. Amber Alerts are people that are abducted, taken by force, threatened by force. Since the mom is the biological mother it did not qualify as an Amber Alert.”

Police are searching for the children in order to make sure they are not in danger. Authorities believe that the mother and her boyfriend have taken the children to Mexico. Anyone with information is asked to contact San Benito Police.

There is a welfare concern due to an ongoing criminal investigation.

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