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November 9, 2010 permalink

Police in Los Angeles are searching for a mother and daughter. The mother took her daughter from school so she would not return to her foster home.

There is nothing really newsworthy in this routine story. It is just one more illustration of the absurdity of today's family law that cops have to waste effort on a manhunt for a mother caring for her own daughter.



Police seek foster girl taken by biological mother

Police continue to look for a 6-year-old foster child considered missing because she was taken from her Reseda-area school by her biological mother.

Kelly Funes, described as 3 feet tall, 45 pounds, Latina with brown hair and brown eyes, was dropped off Friday morning by her foster parent at Cantara Street Elementary School, police said.

About 5:30 p.m. Friday, before Kelly's foster parent arrived, Kelly was picked up at school by Crystabel Funes, who is her biological mother, police said.

Crystabel Funes apparently forged the foster parent's signature and took the child from the school, police said.

Kelly was last seen wearing a school uniform that included navy blue pants, a white shirt and black headband. She was also carrying a black and pink "Barbie" backpack.

Crystabel Funes was described as a 29-year-old Latina, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5 feet 1 inch tall, about 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a royal blue shirt, blue jeans skirt, with sunglasses and her hair was pulled back in a ponytail.

She is known to frequent the areas of Van Nuys and Reseda, police said.

Anyone with information about Kelly Funes was urged to contact the LAPD's West Valley Station at 818-756-8861. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls can be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222- TIPS. Tipsters can also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips' and follow the prompts.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News