Authorities are searching for five siblings who walked out of a Miami-Dade child services facility.
Takira Brown, 16, along four siblings — Takiya, 14, Jeremiah, 13, Nehemiah, 6 and Tamiyiah, 5 — were taken from their grandparents, who had custody of them, following a domestic violence issue earlier this week. The children were turned over to the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
On Thursday, they were taken to the Children’s Home Society on Caribbean Boulevard where they were to be processed for shelter placement.
At some point, the children asked to go to the restroom, and simply never came back, authorities.
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The DCF has launched an investigation into how the children were able to slip away. It is not clear if the children were being watched by a DCF employee or a Children’s Home Society employee, or both, at the time they left.
Police say Takiya was wearing a denim button down shirt with blue leggings and Tamiyiah was wearing a pink T-shirt with graphics, light blue shorts and gold sandals.
Jeremiah was dressed in a white T-shirt with a graphic design and dark blue jeans while Nehemiah was in black T-shirt and sweat pants with Nike yellow neon lettering and black sneakers.
Anyone with information is urged to call the police department’s Special Victims Bureau/Missing Persons at (305) 418-7200 or Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).