A man and a woman wanted for allegedly kidnapping three children whose mother was found murdered near Gorman earlier this month were arrested in Colorado Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Station said.
Officers from the Pueblo Police Department in Colorado arrested kidnapping suspects Brittany Humphrey and Joshua Robertson at approximately 12 p.m. Authorities say Roberston is not Madisyn's biological father, but was taking care of her because her mother was incarcerated.
Both suspects are charged with killing Humphrey's half-sister, Kimberly Harvill.
The three young children who were reported missing after their mother was found dead have been found alive.
Authorities were working with the Department of Children and Family Services to arrange for the safe return of the children to California, officials said.
The three Havrill children were found unharmed in New Mexico Wednesday, however the search for their alleged abductors continued, a deputy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a news release Wednesday.
The cross-country hunt for a murdered mom's half-sister and ex-con "friend" was underway Thursday as the pair was suspected of kidnapping the victim's three children.
Ryle Watkins, 5, Brayden Watkins, 3, and Joslynn Watkins, 2, were found safe Wednesday at a motel in Albuquerque. Officials urge anyone to call 911 and do not try to approach the couple if spotted.
The couple were set to marry on August 11, just three days before she was found dead.
"You can surmise that we have exhausted some investigative leads and they've not been as profitable as we'd like them to be", Katz said.
"I think honestly he might be holding her against her will or not letting her come home", Humphrey said. Investigators say the couple were considered persons of interest in Harvill's death.
Robertson and Humphrey was each arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, Mendoza said.
According to police, the suspects should be considered armed and unsafe and should not be approached if seen in public.
Mendoza said investigators know of no ongoing conflict between the sisters. The children have been listed in law enforcement databases as "Missing Persons at Risk". The kids are now in the process of being sent back to California, where they will either stay with relatives or go into state care.