Ponchatoula boys located in Florida; mother suspected of kidnapping fled on foot

Ponchatoula kidnapping suspect found in Florida, boys in protective custody

PONCHATOULA, La. (WVUE) - Two young boys have been located and placed in protective custody after an Amber Alert was issued Wednesday morning.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office issued the alert after their father’s vehicle was stolen from his home in Ponchatoula around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2.

Deputies say the boy’s father put his children in his car then briefly went to retrieve something from his shed, leaving the vehicle running with the doors unlocked. The children’s mother showed up at the house, got in the car, and fled to Florida.

The car was located near Milton, Fla. with the children still inside. The boys were placed into protective custody.

Deputies say the boy’s mother, Shawntel Heck, 38, fled on foot. A warrant has been issued for her arrest on simple kidnapping and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Watch the full press conference below:

Missing boys found safe in Florida, biological mother sought

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sherriff’s Office at 985-345-6150 and Sgt. Lindell Bridges at 985-551-0653.

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