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September 19, 2014

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amber alert:

Children missing from Idaho foster home may be headed to Las Vegas

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Esmerelda Guerrero-Lopez

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Mirella Guerrero-Lopez

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Ubaldo Guerrero-Lopez

An Amber Alert has been issued for three children who went missing this weekend in Idaho and are possibly headed to Las Vegas with their non-custodial mother, officials said.

Police in southwest Idaho said 35-year-old Bertha Alicia Guerrero-Lopez, who may be driving a 1986 gray Pontiac with Nevada license plate No. 389XPR, has a history of drug abuse and child abandonment issues. Authorities think she may have taken the children to Nevada, where she has a residence.

Authorities issued the alert early Sunday morning after the children — Ubaldo Guerrero-Lopez, 9; Mirella Guerrero-Lopez, 7; and Esmerelda Guerrero-Lopez, 5 — weren’t returned to their foster home.

Police from Caldwell, Idaho, said Guerrero-Lopez picked up the siblings about 3 p.m. Friday but did not return them at 3 p.m. Saturday as planned.

The mother is described as 5-feet-1-inch tall and 139 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, authorities said.

Authorities released the following descriptions of the children:

• Esmerelda, 5, was wearing a pink shirt with a monkey on front, blue jeans with flowers on the legs and a pink hooded sweatshirt. She’s about 3-feet-7-inches tall and 45 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

• Mirella, 7, was wearing a tan and pink coat, blue jeans and brown and pink shoes. She’s about 4-feet tall and 55 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

• Ubaldo, 9, was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black Adio tennis shoes. He’s about 4-feet-9-inches tall and 75 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information about the children’s location is asked to immediately contact local police.

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  1. "...has a history of drug abuse and child abandonment issues."

    This is an example of the Amber Alert system being grossly abused. It was originally instituted for stranger abductions, particularly by sex offenders. Any parent liberating his or her children from state custody isn't anywhere close to the same thing. Especially for these kinds of flimsy excuses.

    "The child is not the mere creature of the State; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations." -- Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510, 535 (1925)

  2. KillerB,

    I would point out for consideration that this was a non-custodial *mother*. You know as well as I do how rare it is for that to occur and from my experience there is extreme reason for it.

  3. "I would point out for consideration that this was a non-custodial *mother*."

    boftx -- right. Not liberating her kids from their father, but from *non-parents*. Don't get me started on the courts here!

    "...so long as a parent adequately cares for his or her children (i.e., is fit), there will normally be no reason for the State to inject itself into the private realm of the family to further question the ability of that parent to make the best decisions concerning the rearing of that parent's children." -- Troxel v. Granville, U.S. Supreme Court (2000)

  4. "I agree with boftx. If a court takes away your parental rights as a MOTHER and places the children in foster care then you are one f'd up individual."

    BrianD -- I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt you've never been involved in any case where children were removed by the state. I have -- knew the parents, read the files, investigated the causes. And in one of them I know the adult daughters post-foster care.

    One of the big questions you and boftx, and all other critics, should be asking is where's their father? Why aren't they with him? Or with extended family? Typically they won't be, despite laws mandating those are the first choice, and caseworkers with their parasites will fight tooth and nail to be sure Dad doesn't even get supervised visits.

    You should sit in on at least one of those cases before you post on this subject again. Otherwise you're just another one of those who believes the headlines without engaging in critical examination. And that government is actually here to help you -- even when they tear your family apart.

    "The Fuhrer is always right." -- Joachim von Ribbentrop, the 1939 Konigsberg address

  5. Brian_D -- then you're a veteran of the custody wars and what passes for justice. I'd normally say "Welcome to hell" but you've been there already. If we sat down for a beer and traded war stories we'd close the place way before we were through.

    But this mother deserves the benefit of the doubt, since you know what custody courts are like. When the state wants the kids .... let's not go there anymore.

    "Hell is empty and all the devils are here." -- William Shakespeare "The Tempest"