Detroit mom, 4 kids reported missing this week are safe, police say

George Hunter
The Detroit News

A woman and her four children who were reported missing last week walked into Dearborn police headquarters Friday, a Detroit police captain said.

The woman and her kids were not injured, and the investigation is now focused on where they've been since Tuesday and what prompted them to stay away.

Kornecia Waiters, 29, was last seen picking up her sons, ages 9 and 11, from their school in the 6800 block of Nevada at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, investigators said Thursday in a statement.

Kornecia Waiters

When she left the school, Waiters was accompanied by her sons' stepfather, with whom she has two daughters, ages 2 and 4. The next day, the stepfather was taken into custody for child abuse on a separate case that doesn't involve the two boys, police said.

During a press briefing Friday at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters, Detroit police Special Victims Unit Capt. Stacy Cavin said the child abuse case stems from a Sunday incident.

Cavin said investigators from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Child Protective Services are involved in the investigation into why Waiters and her children were missing for days.

When asked if Waiters was under investigation, Cavin said: "At this point, she's just a (recovered) missing person. She's not the focus of any investigation."

Cavin said case details were murky and Waiters and her children were en route to Detroit from Dearborn.

"Once we get the mother and children here (for an interview), we'll know more," Cavin said.

"(The stepfather) has been interrogated, but we can't release any details at this time," Cavin said.

Cavin added there's no indication Waiters and her children were held against their will. 

No Amber Alert was issued, Cavin said, because, "while we had concerns for their safety, we had no concerns that they were in danger."

After police wrap up their interviews, Child Protective Services workers will determine where the children will be placed, Cavin said.