UPDATE: Woman charged with assault after AMBER Alert; children found safe

The children are safe and a suspect is in custody
Posted at 8:46 PM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 13:26:23-05

An AMBER Alert was canceled after two children were found early Tuesday morning and were safe.

Authorities placed the suspect, Carmelita Wilson, into police custody. She has been charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle.

On November 14, Benton County deputies responded to a report of a woman found in the roadway north of Warsaw who had been badly beaten.

When deputies arrived, they were told a woman had custody of her two grandchildren and she had allowed her daughter, Carmelita Wilson, to come over and visit the children, according to a news release from the Benton County Sheriff’s Department. The victim reported she had been beaten and stabbed, and when she regained consciousness she found her grandchildren and vehicle were missing. The news release said the victim was life flighted to a hospital for treatment.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Department put out an AMBER Alert for the children and the vehicle.

In the early morning hours of November 15, the sheriff’s office was notified the Sedalia Police Department was pursuing the suspect vehicle in Sedalia. Sedalia police spiked the tires of the vehicle before it tried to jump a curb and struck another vehicle, according to the news release.

Wilson was taken into custody, and the children were found in the vehicle and were not hurt. The children were released into the custody of the Department of Family Services.

According to the news release, Wilson was transported to the Benton County Jail. Bond was set at $250,000.

Additional charges are pending, according to the news release.



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