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MIAMI, OK (KCTV) – Two Missouri children at the center of an Amber Alert issued Thursday are now safe and the suspect in their abduction is in custody.

Officials with the Missouri Highway Patrol said just after midnight Friday that 8-year-old Genesis Padron and 4-year-old Samuel Padron were located in safe condition in Miami, Oklahoma.

Hilda Melendez

Hilda Melendez.

Troopers in McDonald County in southwest Missouri said the children had been taken by their mother, Hilda Melendez, who does not have custody. Authorities said Melendez was in custody.

The Investigators had tracked Melendez to Stroud, Oklahoma, where they found her vehicle and her mother. At that point investigators thought the Melendez and the children were on foot.

Authorities in McDonald County said Melendez had assaulted the woman who had been watching the children at their home before taking them out of state.

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