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The Alabama Department of Public Safety has issued a missing child alert for sisters Destiny Gray Seay, who is a 1-year-old and Genenis Nelson, a 4-year-old, after authorities said the siblings were taken by their non-custodial mother identified as Tamika Lark. DPS said Lark took the children on December 2nd and they were last seen in the Birmingham area. Lark is a 28-year-old black female, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. If you have any information about the missing children, contact your local law enforcement agency or the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
Back in Custody
Authorities said the three juveniles who escaped from the Mount Meigs Youth Detention Facility last month are back in custody. Allen Peaton, a spokesman for the Department of Youth Services, said one of the teenagers, 16-year-old Bradon Evans of Tuscaloosa, will face multiple charges as an adult, including escape, assault and theft. Evans is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a $252,000 dollar bond.
Convicted Youth Minister
A former youth minister who was already convicted of sexual abuse in Elmore County has been convicted of similar crimes in Cullman County. State Attorney General Luther Strange said 38-year-old John Astorga of Titus was found guilty of sexually abusing a child under the age of 12 in Cullman County. He once worked as a youth minister in Wetumpka. Authorities say 38-year-old Astorga was convicted of sexual abuse in Elmore County in April.