Caseworker finds children who police say were taken by their mother from a foster home in Dupo

Two children who were taken by their mother from a Dupo foster home Monday night have been found by a caseworker, police say.

On Monday, the 34-year-old woman was not granted custody of her children at a court hearing. She was told she could only have supervised visits with the children and their foster parents, Dupo police Sgt. Jason Cooper said. Her children have been in the care of the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services since the end of May.

Later in the day, around 1:50 p.m., police say the woman went to the foster home and fled with her children. The caseworker found the children and their mother around 5:45 p.m., Cooper said. He did not say where or how the caseworker found the children.

According to online court records, the mother had not been charged with any crimes as of Tuesday.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.