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June 9, 2012 permalink
Ohio mother Gwendolyn Golder loves her children enough that she is staying in jail rather than turning them over to social services.
Police: Mom keeping children from county
The Cincinnati Police Department is looking for help locating two young children whose mother has refused to relinquish custody to children’s services.
Gisaiah Golder-Mumphrey and Gabrielle Marie Gebrselassie were last seen several days ago through a window by a caseworker at 1736 Bleecker Ave. in North Fairmount with their mother, who refused to answer the door.
The mother, who lost custody of the children to Hamilton County Job and Family Services, refused to provide the children’s whereabouts to the caseworker, police said.
According to Hamilton County Justice Center records, the mother, Gwendolyn Golder, 19, is being held there for contempt. The children are believed to be with an unknown friend of Golder; police are attempting to find this person.
“We don’t know where they are, but we want to get them to a safe place,” said JFS spokesman Brian Gregg, noting that the agency was granted custody of the girls on Friday.
Gregg said that parents “periodically” refuse to give up their children.
“Sometimes they put the children with someone else who doesn’t even know that we have custody,” he said.
Gisaiah is described as a 10-month-old, light-skinned black female, 28 inches tall and 20 pounds, with brown eyes and brown curly hair. Gabrielle Marie is described as a 2-year-old, light-skinned black female, 3 feet tall and 30 pounds, with brown eyes and brown curly hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call police dispatch at 513-765-1212 or Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040. To send a text message, type “cintip” and the message, then send it to CRIMES (274637). Callers may remain anonymous and may receive compensation for their information.
Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Addendum: The children were picked up a few days later, but the mother remains in jail.
Missing children found safe late Monday
Two children, who have been missing since last week after their mother lost custody, were found safe late Monday, according to the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services.
The children are in foster care, said Brian Gregg, agency spokesman.
Cincinnati Police put out an alert over the weekend asking the public to help after the children’s mother, Gwendolyn Golder, 19, refused to turn them over to Job and Family Services when she lost custody.
Golder remains at the Hamilton County Jail. She is scheduled to answer to a charge of contempt of court before a juvenile judge on Friday.
A family friend apparently told authorities where the children were staying.
Last week, a JFS caseworker stopped by 1736 Bleeker Ave. in North Fairmount to see the children, Gisaiah Golder-Mumphrey, 10 months, and Gabrielle Marie Gebrselassie, 2, but Golder refused to answer the door, police said, prompting the search by Cincinnati Police.
Source: Cincinnati Enquirer