Children kidnapped by mother have been found


January 21, 2016

Source: wwlp.com

The mother was found in a McDonald’s drive-thru.

Two children from southeastern Massachusetts were found safe Monday night after police say their mother kidnapped them Sunday afternoon.

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According to the Lakeville Police Facebook page, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, 5-year-old Steven and 7-year-old Eden were last seen with Valerie McGrath, their mother who does not have legal custody. McGrath had picked up the children from their father’s house for a visit, and did not return.

There was urgency to find the children. Lakeville Police said that recent statements made by McGrath lead them to believe that the children might be in danger, and a warrant was out for her arrest on a charge of kidnapping by a relative.

Around 3:30 p.m. Monday, police received a call that McGarth and the children were seen in the town of Swansea. Lakeville Police said McGarth was eventually found in a McDonald’s drive-thru on Route 138 in Raynham by State Police. She was driving a different car, which she had rented in Fall River.

Police said the two children were in good health and released to the custody of their father. McGarth was arrested and brought to the Lakeville Police Department, where she is being held on $10,000 bail and will be arraigned on Tuesday in Wareham District Court.

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Abducted Lakeville Children Found Safe, Mother Arrested


December 22, 2015

Source: CBS Boston

LAKEVILLE (CBS) – Two children who were reported missing in Lakeville have been found safe. Authorities say the children were taken by their mother, 47-year-old Valerie McGrath, on Sunday.

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McGrath took the children with their father’s permission in the afternoon and said she’d return them at 5 p.m., but never did.

The children, a five-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl, were found safe in Raynham Monday evening and McGrath was arrested.

Police say McGrath was spotted in Swansea with the children at about 3:30 pm and the Land Rover she had been driving was later found in a field off of Sharps Lot Rd.

State Police located McGrath and the children in a McDonald’s drive-thru on Route 138 in Raynham in a car she had rented in Fall River.

The father, Steven Carrigan, has sole custody of the children.

“I’m just glad they’re back,” Carrigan said Monday night. “They seem pretty happy.”

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He says McGrath took the children Sunday to celebrate his son’s birthday.

“She still loves the kids,” Carrigan said. “I was praying that she wasn’t going to do anything to harm them.”

Police and family were not able to reach McGrath, and obtained a warrant for minor kidnapping by a relative.

“Due to the actions and statements made by McGrath in the last few weeks the Police Department has concerns for the safety of the children,” officials said in a statement Monday.

Carrigan was reunited with his children in Raynham and was surprised they were found so close to home.

“I think they’re both excited about going home and I am too,” Carrigan said.

McGrath is being held on $10,000 cash bail and will be arraigned Tuesday in Wareham District Court.

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