Police find two missing Centreville girls safe in Kalamazoo
CENTREVILLE — Two children who were missing from Centreville on Thursday were found Friday morning in Kalamazoo.
According to Michigan State Police, 6-year-old Alexandra Jay Prewitt and 11-year-old Jerrica Hope Tucker were reported missing from the yard of their foster parents at approximately 12:30 p.m. Thursday from the area Thomas Ct. and Center Ct. in Centreville.
Police say the children were taken by their biological mother, Samantha Hope Prewitt, who they claim reportedly lost rights to the children and recently threatened to take them as they played outside.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department reported the children were located safe Friday morning at an apartment complex in Kalamazoo. Samantha Prewitt was reportedly taken into police custody, and the children were turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Assisting the sheriff’s department at the scene of the location and safe recovery were Michigan State Police, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office and the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.
In a statement, St. Joseph County Sheriff Mark Lillywhite thanked community members locally and nationally who helped by sharing information about the incident and kept a look out for the missing children.
Robert Tomlinson can be reached at 279-7488 ext. 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org.