WEDNESDAY 4/20/22 3:33 p.m.
SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC4) – An AMBER Alert has been cancelled after two suspects have kidnapped two infant children out of South Salt Lake on Wednesday.
All four children have been safely located at this time. Both the suspects, the mother and the grandmother are currently in custody at this time.
“Thank you for your assistance,” authorities say.
Yaneli Morales Murillo, was arrested on two counts of child kidnapping, two counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of child abuse involving physical injury.
Maria Murillo Alvarez, the grandmother of the two children, was arrested on two counts of child kidnapping and two counts of obstruction of justice.
On April 20, South Salt Lake Police were informed by the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) that the state had obtained a warrant to remove Murillo’s two-month-old and two-year-old children from her custody.
DCFS workers also told police that one of the children had been born “drug-dependent” and that there were multiple previous DCFS cases involving Yaneli Morales Murillo and her two children, arresting documents show.
She had also recently tested positive for drugs.
When DCFS arrived to remove the two children from her custody, police said Murillo and Alvarez refused to give up the children.
A caseworker later received a text believed to be written by Murillo indicating that the children would be harmed.
After previously refusing to reveal their location, a probable cause statement shows Yaneli contacted DCFS and revealed she was at a residence in West Valley City.
Officers responded and located Murillo, Alvarez along with the four children. The two women were then taken into custody.
Both women have been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.
ORIGINAL STORY: AMBER ALERT issued after mother, grandmother kidnapped two children out of South Salt Lake
WEDNESDAY 4/20/22 12:27 p.m.
SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC4) – An AMBER Alert has been issued after two suspects have kidnapped two infant children out of South Salt Lake on Wednesday.
The South Salt Lake Police Department says the suspects are the children’s mother Yaneli Murillo, 22 and their grandmother Maria Murillo, 38.
Police say two children are currently in danger — Aaron Murillo, a one-month-old baby and Oaklee Murrillo, 2. Aaron is 1 feet 6 inches tall, 19 pounds with brown hair. Oaklee is 3 feet tall, 28 pounds with black hair.
Two other young children may also be in danger — Librado Beccera-Murillo, 9 and Rosa Estrella Beccera-Murillo, 11. Librado is a male who is 5 feet 1 inch tall and 95 pounds with brown hair. He was last seen wearing black/dark pants with a red t-shirt.
Rosa is a girl who is 4 feet 11 inches tall and 84 pounds with brown hair. She was last seen wearing jeans or dark pants with a teal jacket that has white balls on top of the hood.
Yaneli is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds with black hair and dark-colored eyes. She was last seen wearing a black jacket and purple or pink pants.
Maria is described as 5 feet 4 inches, tall with black hair and dark-colored eyes.
Officers say the mother sent a text to a Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) caseworker that her “children were killed or going to be killed.”
Police say the suspects were seen driving a 1999 gray Dodge Durango with black rims to pick up the children from school. A tan-colored Ford Explorer is also linked to the suspects. A possible license plate on the vehicle is 4R4KV.
Police say the two older children were removed from school by the two suspects on Wednesday.
Authorities say the children were ordered by the court to be removed from the mother’s care. Instead of cooperating, police say the mother and grandmother took the children and fled, refusing to hand over the children.
If you have seen these people or know of their whereabouts, please call (801) 840-4000.