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2 young children taken from Arizona custody by parents

July 17, 2019

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Pinal County authorities have issued an Amber Alert after two young children were taken from Arizona Department of Child Safety custody by their parents.

They say the two boys — ages 2 and 4 months — were taken around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say 34-year-old Jerry Jay Kirkley and 34-year-old Melissa Joy Gladden may be headed to Mississippi or Louisiana with the children.

The couple reportedly is traveling in a pickup truck with a Louisiana license plate.

Florence police say there is probable cause to arrest Kirkley and Gladden.

Authorities say Kirkley has a history of domestic violence and is known to carry weapons.

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