Kidnapped children found in the Shoals

Nov 30, 2005, 06:25 PM CST

They were taken from their father more than a year ago. Since then,
authorities from Nevada, where the children lived, have been on the
look-out.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children joined the search.
That’s when Wal-Mart added the two pictures to their wall of missing
children at the Supercenter located in Florence, Alabama.

The 4-year-old and his 8-year-old brother were no where to be found until
Tuesday.

A customer who walked past the wall at Wal-Mart called authorities when
she claimed to have recognized the children. That information was passed
on to Florence police sergeant Rolando Bogran.

“I followed-up on the leads but it seems the mother who took the kids
just stayed one step ahead of us as if she knew we were on to her,” said
Bogran during a Wednesday morning discussion with reporters.

Bogran finally traced the children to a mobile home park in north
Lauderdale County but Bogran says the scene turned sad when he arrived to
take the kids into custody.

His next step was to take the mother, Florentino Wright, to jail.

“The kids were screaming and crying. It was emotional because the mom was
the only parent the children had known for the past year because she was
the one they were with. It’s hard anytime you separate children from
their parent. You just have to try not to take sides,” says Sgt. Bogran.

The children are now in the custody of the Department of Human Resources.

Florentino is in jail awaiting extradition to Nevada.

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