Police were growing increasingly concerned on Thursday after a mother accused of abducting her children returned without them before disappearing again, officials said.
An Amber Alert was issued Thursday for 8-year-old Emanuel Freeman and 9-year-old Adoniah Freeman after their mother, Ameenah, in her 30s, allegedly took them from the 1700 block of West 35th Place on Monday.
When Ameenah, who does not have custody of her biological children, didn't return with the boy and girl, the children's grandmother reported them missing around 10 a.m. the next day.
But Ameenah came back to the grandmother's home on Thursday and appeared to be disoriented, police said.
"The mother went into the residence, she was searching around in the residence," LAPD Capt. Al Pasos said. "She appeared to be disoriented confused the grandmother tried to subdue and hold the mom but she was unable to."
Police believe Ameenah may be heading to Phoenix, Arizona, where the children's biological father lives.
"It's been a couple of days now," Pasos said. "We don't know if she's trying to go back and get food or clothing for the children, but we're trying to make sure that, whatever that is, our concern is overwhelmingly for the health and welfare of the children."
Emanuel is described as about 4 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 94 pounds, police said. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with a Mario Brothers picture, black shorts and black sandals.
Adoniah is described as about 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 97 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink dress and white flowers.
Their mother is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black dress and black sandals. Authorities believe Freeman may be driving a 2011 maroon Ford Edge with paper license plates that read "Airport Marina."
The alert was in effect for areas including Los Angeles, San Diego, Imperial, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties.
Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Southwest Detective D. Johnson at 213-485-6571. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.