On Jan. 31 at 4:20 p.m., Coeur d’Alene City Police Officers Hank Dunham
and Nick Lowry responded to the La Quinta Inn at 2209 Sherman Ave. for a
welfare check on four children.
Information of concern for the children was forwarded to the Coeur
d’Alene Police after the FBI contacted the Post Falls Police based on a
tip from a pastor at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls.
The pastor said he was contacted by members of his church who saw a
poster of the missing children at Wal-Mart. The father of the children
had been spending time at the church recently doing odd jobs and often
had the four kids with him.
The pastor (who declined to speak with the media) thought it was odd that
the father did not have a permanent address. The pastor looked up the
juveniles on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
website. The FBI was then contacted by the church.
Coeur d’Alene officers spoke to the children, 17-year-old Cassandra
Donnell, 12-year-old Catlina Jones, 12-year-old Jared Jones, and
7-year-old Marshall Jones who said they’d left Bellingham, WA,
two-years-ago with their father. They said they left because their mother
ran off with another man to Miami.
The children lived in Alaska for a while then the family moved to Post
Falls and eventually evicted from their home before moving to Coeur
d’Alene. They had been living at the motel for a couple of months.
Officers also interviewed the father, (he was not identified because he
was not arrested), after detaining him near his vehicle in a business
parking lot at 220 W. Kathleen Ave.
The father of the children said he has stayed at the La Quinta with the
children for the last five or six months. He said the children are not
enrolled in school because he has been home schooling them. He claimed
his ex-wife is an unfit mother and he left Washington with the children
approximately two and a half years ago. During that time they lived in
Florida, Alaska, Post Falls and currently in Coeur d’Alene.
Dispatch advised our officers of a current protection order out of
Washington that needed to be served upon the father. He was served the
paperwork but there was no arrest made due to no charges filed out of
Washington. Officers sheltered all four children and they are currently
in the custody of Health and Welfare.
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