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Police locate mother after 3 children found alone in van at Cleveland gas station

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Posted at 1:39 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 06:32:27-05

CLEVELAND — Police have located a missing mother of three children left alone in a vehicle at a Cleveland gas station on Monday.

Maple Heights police were looking for a 27-year-old woman after they received a call from her mother on Sunday. The woman's mother reported her daughter and her children missing after not being able to reach them since Saturday, Feb. 8. A "Be on the Lookout" notification was sent to local police agencies on Monday, Feb. 10.

Police located the missing mother at a gas station on Warrensville Center Road.

On Monday, officers responded to the Sunoco gas station at East 131th Street and Harvard Avenue for a report of children left alone in a vehicle, according to a Cleveland police spokesperson.

Cleveland EMS confirmed they responded and transported the children to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in stable condition. Maple Heights police stated the woman's children are aged 2, 5 and 9.

Police say preliminary information indicated a man drove the van and parked at the gas station at about 8 a.m. About an hour and a half later, he left on foot. The children were found in the van about an hour later.

The children and their mother were all reported missing out of Maple Heights, police said.

As of 1:30 p.m. Monday, officers were with the children at the hospital, awaiting the Department of Children and Family Services to arrive and determine where the children will be placed.

Cleveland police said the matter remains under investigation.