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Children taken from Connecticut found in Mexico

March 18, 2019

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Three children from Connecticut authorities say were taken by their noncustodial mother during a supervised visit have been found safe in Mexico.

Waterbury police Lt. David Silverio said Monday the children ages 7, 5 and 2, were returned to Connecticut over the weekend.

Authorities say the their mother, 29-year-old Crystal McGrath, took them out a side door of a Waterbury’s McDonald’s on Feb. 16 during a visit supervised by the state Department of Children and Families.

Authorities say she and her registered sex offender boyfriend, 38-year-old Lester Joy, took the children.

They were found in Mazatlan, Mexico, on March 9.

McGrath and Joy are charged in Texas with risk of injury and custodial interference. It’s unclear if they have lawyers.

The children are with a legally appointed guardian.

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This story has been corrected to show that the children were found in Mexico, per updated information from police.