Two children were found safe after people showed up at their home Friday morning, shot their foster mother multiple times and abducted them, Miami-Dade police said.
Police found the 5-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy with their biological mother, Candi Nicole Johnson, 34, shortly after cops announced that the children were missing from their foster home in the 13600 block of Jackson Street near Richmond Heights. The children were found at Johnson’s home in Miami Shores.
Miami-Dade police Sgt. Carlos Rosario said that a man and a woman entered the Southwest Miami-Dade home just after 5 a.m., shot the 77-year-old foster mother several times and took off in a white sedan with the two children.
The foster mother was in stable condition at Jackson South Medical Center.
“She’s expected to recover from her injuries,” said Det. Lee Cowart.
In a statement, Department of Children and Families spokesperson DaMonica Smith confirmed that the children are safe and the organization is working with police on the investigation.
“The horrific attack on this foster mother is unfathomable. We have been in contact with the victim’s family and will continue to provide support as she recovers,” Smith wrote in an email.
Police said Johnson, who has not been arrested, does not have legal custody of the children.
“[C]riminal charges are pending,” police said in a statement. “Investigators continue to search for all subjects involved.”