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Search For Missing Children - Mother in Custody

August 10, 2009 00:00




Detectives from the Portland Police Bureau’s Missing Persons Unit are currently involved in an ongoing effort to locate two missing endangered Southeast Portland children who were abducted from their home, on Sunday, August 9, 2009, by their non-custodial biological mother. 3-year-old Aracely Palacios-McConnell and 4-year-old Alicia Palacios-McConnell were at home, where they live with their father, in the 7300 block of Southeast Henderson Street, when their mother, 24-year-old Leanna McConnell-Palacios, forced her way into the home, assaulted the children’s father, and forcibly removed the children from the residence.

Police determined there was a valid restraining order in place prohibiting the mother from being around the children or their father. Detectives also learned that Alicia suffers from a serious medical condition that requires daily treatment and police do not believe she has the medication with her.

Leanna McConnell-Palacios is described as a white female, 24 years old, who is 5’6” tall, weighing 180 pounds. She has reddish-brown hair and green eyes, and has a noticeable scar on the side of her nose. She was last seen wearing a black, short-sleeved T-shirt, blue jeans and sandals.

Aracely is described as a light-skinned Hispanic female, 3 years old, who is 2’6” tall and weighs 38 pounds, with brown hair, last seen in pigtails, and brown eyes. She was last known to be wearing a short-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and white sandals.

Alicia is described as a light-skinned Hispanic female, 4 years old, who is 3’ tall and weighs 43 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last known to be wearing a blue, sleeveless dress (pictured on the left in the attached photograph) and white sandals matching her sister’s.

It is unknown if the suspect is associated with a vehicle. However she is known to use TriMet and MAX.

Anyone who knows of the whereabouts of the mother or the children, is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Missing Persons Unit, at 503-823-0446.

>>>>>>>> UPDATE

Today at approximately 4:30 p.m.,Portland Police Detectives located 24-year-old Leanna McConnell-Palacios and her two daughters at a residence in Northwest Portland. The mother was taken into custody and charged with Burglary, Custodial Interference, multiple counts of Violation of a Restraining Order and Felony Domestic Violence Assault.

Both daughters are safe and are in the custody of their father. McConnell-Palacios was taken to the Multnomah County Jail in Downtown Portland.



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