Mother at center of missing children alert previously tried to drop kids in river

Mother at center of missing children alert previously tried to drop kids in river

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Two critically missing children were found safe late Thursday and are staying with a relative, Cincinnati police said early Friday.

"They have been located safe and sound," wrote Lt. Joe Richardson in a press release. "They are in the custody of Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services who have temporarily placed them with an aunt in O'Bryonville."

A source has confirmed to FOX19 NOW that Rochelle Roe, the mother of Mekaylah Coleman and Demareion Holmes, previously served time in jail for attempting to drop her three-year-old child and two infants off the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge in 2001.

Workers at Covington's waterfront talked Roe out of dropping the children in the water. Roe was taken to a mental hospital and then charged with criminal abuse and child endangerment.

Police would not confirm the whereabouts of Roe.

FOX19 NOW will continue to update this developing story.

Below is the original story.

Cincinnati Police have issued a critical missing alert for two young children.

Mekaylah Coleman, 3, and Demareion Holmes, 5, were last seen Tuesday in the 1400 block of Main Street. They are with their mother Rochelle Roe, according to police.

Cincinnati police District 1 captain Michael John says that Roe was in a custody hearing on Tuesday,  she said she was going to go out to feed the meter but never returned. Captain John added that Roe then went to the babysitters where their kids were and took the kids.

Mekaylah is black, three feet and four inches, weighs 43 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.

Demareion is black, three feet tall, weighs 32 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.

If you see these children, you are asked to call Detective Wilson at 513-352-4568.

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