Braintree kids found after Amber Alert, father arrested
BRAINTREE, Mass. (WHDH) -- An Amber Alert in Massachusetts ended with the arrest of a father who allegedly took his two children taken from their foster family in Braintree. Both children were found safe.
Braintree police held a news conference late Tuesday morning to report that the trucker, aware of the Amber Alert, spotted the car police were looking for and quickly called investigators.
“They were found safely in Connecticut,” said Braintree police chief, Russell Jenkins.
A sigh of relief from Braintree's police chief hours after state police issued that amber alert for these two children. It follows a parental kidnapping late Monday afternoon and the search was on for 54-year-old Jon Lockwood, found with his kids inside a 7-11 in Connecticut.
“A truck driver in Connecticut was aware of the Amber Alert, observed Lockwood’s vehicle in Connecticut, he contacted the state police and they took him into custody,” said Jenkins.
Police said Lockwood went to a home on Hawthorne Road in Braintree, where his two biological children ages 8 and 10 lived with a foster family. Investigators said Lockwood forcibly removed the children from the house and drove away in a BMW.
“Well we knew that there was a custody battle,” said Jenkins. “I’m told the mother is out of the country, she was awarded custody of the children, was taking some time to get paperwork in place and the father thought he may try and do something.”
The kids are fine and were brought back to Massachusetts, and for that neighbors are thankful.
“I feel bad for the children. I’m sure the kids are really confused,” said neighbor Dottie Dolty. “But they’re safe, the Amber Alert works.”
Braintree police were hoping to have Lockwood back in Massachusetts Tuesday afternoon to face parental kidnapping charges, but Lockwood is fighting those efforts. He is being held in Connecticut on $250,000 cash bail.