Mother arrested on kidnapping warrant; kids found

Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News

Detroit — Authorities have located three children and charged their 43-year-old mother in connection with an outstanding kidnapping warrant.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials from the field operations office at Detroit Windsor Tunnel said Ermira Henry of St. Clair Shores and her children, ages 10, 11 and 12, entered the tunnel on Wednesday and were headed toward Detroit.

An officer’s check of Henry in national databases revealed the outstanding warrant for custodial kidnapping. Additionally, missing-person records issued by the St. Clair Shores Police Department were discovered for each of the children, officials said.

“Customs and Border Protection and its partnership with state and local law enforcement agencies were successfully able to facilitate the safe return of three minor children and bring the wanted person to justice,” Port Director Rod Blanchard said in a statement released Thursday. “I commend the CBP officers involved and the swift reporting by our partner agency.”

Henry and her children were turned over to the St. Clair Shores Police Department. She was arraigned on Wednesday in 40th District Court on parental kidnapping charges, St. Clair Shores Police Lt. David Centala said.

Centala said the charge stems from a violation of a child-custody agreement. The children were unharmed and police do not believe they were in danger at any time. The charge carries a penalty of up to one year and one day in jail.