A man and woman wanted for questioning in the slaying of the woman’s sister and kidnapping of her three children were arrested in Colorado Thursday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s department officials said.
The children were allegedly kidnapped by the dead woman’s sister, Brittany Humphrey, 22, and Humphrey’s boyfriend, Joshua Robertson, 27, who are considered “persons of interest” in the woman’s death, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Robertson and Humphrey were found in Pueblo, Colo., which is about 100 miles south of Denver.
The three missing children were safely located Wednesday by authorities at a motel in New Mexico. Their mother was found dead along a road in rural Los Angeles County earlier this month.
Authorities believe that Humphrey and Robertson took the children sometime either before or after the slaying of their mother, Kimberly Harvill, was killed.
“Immediately after the murder or sometime shortly after, it is suspicious that they did not come forward to law enforcement and instead fled,” said L.A. County sheriff’s homicide Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The children were left “in the care of a Good Samaritan” at a hotel near the outskirts of Albuquerque, sheriff’s officials said in a statement.
The children are Joslynn Watkins, 2; Brayden Watkins, 3; and Rylee Watkins, 5. Their father is believed to be deceased, and the children will be placed in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services. Authorities were arranging their return to California, sheriff’s officials said.
Authorities said that Robertson and Humphrey were traveling with an infant, who is not related to Harvill’s children. The baby was also found safe, officials said Thursday.