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    NV - 4 Mata-Martinez Children, Washoe County, July 2009

    An Amber Alert is now in effect for the abduction of four children from Washoe County.

    The children range between 4 years of age to 9 years old. They are Hispanic, with brown hair and brown eyes.

    Here are the children's names:

    Ivan Mata-Martinez, 9 years old
    Jakelyn Mata-Martinez, 8 years old
    Megan Mata-Martinez, 7 years old
    Tyson Mata-Martinez, 4 years old

    The Washoe County Sheriff's Office says Claire Tourand, the children's non-custodial mother, took them sometime on Friday.

    Deputies say Tourand is driving a white, 1998 Mercury Sable with Nevada plates 369-SDH.

    Investigators say an immdeiate risk of harm to the children is listed in a court order issued for their return.

    Call 911 immediately if you have any information.
    http://www.ktvn.com/global/story.asp?s=10709884

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    Amber Alert remains for missing children; photo released of woman who may have them

    Tourand was scheduled to meet with social service workers on Friday about the custody of the children and failed to show for meeting. Investigators determined mother she left her home sometime in the last 24 hours and fled with children. A court issued an order requring the immediate return of the children.

    Pic of suspect and more: http://www.rgj.com/article/20090711/...1004/1321/news

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    These heights of these kids can't possibly be right. The weight's sound right for kids their age, but not for the given heights.

    Ivan (9 yo male) is said to be 4'0" and 80 lbs. - OK, sounds fine. A little short for his age but nothing out of the ordinary.

    Jakelyne (8 yo female) is said to be 3'0" and 60 lbs??? Seriously? A 3' tall 8 year old? That's about the height of a 4 year old. Average height of an 8 year old female is around 3'10" - 4'6"

    Megan (7 yo female) is said to be 2'10" and 55 lbs??? Wow. 2'10" is about what a 2-3 year old would be. Average height of a 7 year old female is between 3'6" and 4'0...

    Tyson (4 yo male) is said to be 2'6" and 48 lbs??? That's 30 inches tall....infant size. He should be between 3'0" - 3'6".

    Not that any of this matters. But they have people out there looking for some very small children. At least they could get CLOSE to correct heights.

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    Was she in custody of the children at the time? Was she supposed to meet social services to turn over the children? The articles aren't very clear. They say she fled her home with the children and that's about it.

    What kind of danger are the children in?

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    From what I understand, she did have custody at the time. It sounds like she was supposed to go in for a custody hearing and was likely going to lose the children. She probably knew this, so she fled. They haven't really said why they feel the kids are in danger. You're right, Potato. The articles aren't very clear.

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    Here is her MySpace. Many more pictures of her & the children there.

    If it is she, her blog postings are very disturbing and she talks about dying and death a lot.

    http://www.myspace.com/430938655

    Pretty sure it is her and check out her daughter's (18) page, below, too. Odd status. It reads that she's very confused as of July 10th. There are more photos of the missing kids there. If you look on pages 2 & 3 of her photos, the missing kids appear to be her half-siblings? And HOLY MOLY - check out the daughter's blog entry for July 10th. I really think this is one of Claire's older kids - and if so, it sounds like Claire is very violent.

    http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?f...ndId=430127523

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    Thanks, Potato. If the girl's post is true about the mom beating up the grandmom, it appears we have our first clue about why they feel the children are in danger.


    Arrest Warrant Issued for Mother of Abducted Children

    A warrant has been issued out of Sparks Justice Court for the arrest Claire Tourand, the mother of four abducted children.

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    She was last seen driving a 1998 Mercury Sable with Nevada plate 369-SDH. She was supposed to meet with Social Services Friday to discuss custody, but didn't show. Family court has issued a court order for the kids' return, citing possible harm to them. If you have information that can help find them, call 911.

    http://www.kolotv.com/news/headlines/50508007.html

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    Sounds like to me, the state was suing her for custody and they must have had a strong case to have the children given to them over a mother that is no longer their problem, since she has more than likely fled the jurisdiction. On this one, if they say the kids are in danger, they probably are, as much as I hate to think it.
    JMO. Unless there's a link, I can't prove it.

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    She's been in court a few times and has at least one conviction. Looks like there was also a case for guardianship regarding her two eldest daughters:

    http://www.ccwashoe.com/public/ck_pu...d_code=@100095
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    Quote Originally Posted by PotatoHead View Post
    She's been in court a few times and has at least one conviction. Looks like there was also a case for guardianship regarding her two eldest daughters:

    http://www.ccwashoe.com/public/ck_pu...d_code=@100095
    You are on a roll, Potato! Thanks!

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    Yep, elder daughters were removed and placed into guardianship with Grandma Catherine in 2003 and Claire was assigned supervised visits. Reason listed was to remove children from physical harm.

    If that is the case, why were the 4 now missing children with Claire at all? grrr.

    http://www.ccwashoe.com/public/ck_pu...ate=&end_date=

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    These poor kids. So many temp. protective orders & CASA doing home reports since they were just little toddlers.

    I am hoping this woman is more stupid than violent and gets caught quickly.

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    Is there a chance she is headed for MX? I have noticed that there are a lot of comments in Spanish on various Myspace friends. Is mother bilingual?
    JMO. Unless there's a link, I can't prove it.

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    One alert I read did say that she may be headed for MX. I'll try to find it again.

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