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Two young children have been found safe with a relative after police waded through conflicting stories provided by the parents.

Zammer Cox, 3, and Marcia Cox, 1, have been in the custody of the relative in Detroit since their mother dropped them off earlier this week, police said.

The 23-year-old mother later reported the children missing around 9 p.m. Thursday. Her reasoning was unclear Friday, but police previously indicated she may suffer from "some mental issues."

"The mother dropped them off there," Officer Jennifer Moreno said. "It's unconfirmed what her state of mind was, so we have to wait on that portion."

The kids are being transported to Children's Hospital as a precaution, Moreno added.

The mother reported to police that her son and daughter never returned home after visiting with their father this week. The father maintained that he dropped them off at home around 5 p.m. Tuesday on the 900 block of Whitmore, near Woodward and McNichols.

The parents live together but alternate childcare duties while working opposite shifts, according to Police Sgt. Michael Woody. Police do not know how the children's whereabouts went unknown to the pair for more than 48 hours.

"We believe the children were being handed off back and forth," Woody said shortly before the children were found. "Hopefully, somebody will recognize the photos and come forward and say that they have care and custody of these children."

Staff writer Nicquel Terry contributed.

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