A mother who authorities thought might be in McAlester after fleeing Louisiana with her two children was apprehended by authorities in Rogers County Wednesday.
Youngsville, La., Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux said Ocean Manning was arrested. Her children, 5-year-old Honor and 4-year-old Hayden, were found unharmed and are now in the custody of Oklahoma Child Protective Services.
Boudreaux said a judge in Rogers County agreed to release Manning on the condition she turns herself into Louisiana authorities. No time limit was set, according to the chief, but he said he hopes to have her in custody in 24 hours.
"I would say 24 hours is how long until we (will be) pushing for her to be considered a fugitive,” Boudreaux said.
A search for Manning and the kids started when Manning did not show up to drop her children off with their father on April 4. Felony warrants were issued on Friday for her arrest.
Manning is accused of child abuse, cruelty to juveniles and criminal mischief. Youngsville Detective Gabriel Thompson said Manning took her children to medical facilities alleging sexual abuse of the children by their father. However, authorities do not believe the assaults happened, and because the actions occurred multiple times, Thompson said it is now considered a crime.
Manning was believed to have friends and family in Pittsburg County.
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