2 toddlers missing in San Francisco found safe at hospital

Byby Elissa Harrington via KGO logo
Thursday, March 24, 2016
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San Francisco police say a mother faces charges after allegedly leaving two missing toddlers with a woman she barely knew. The toddlers are now in CPS custody after a long search to find them.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco police say the two missing toddlers last seen in the Tenderloin Monday afternoon have been found at St. Francis Hospital.

The hospital staff told social services Wednesday afternoon that a woman walked into the hospital with the two missing girls, according to police.

According to authorities, the mother, Shanyce Jones, 26, of Oakland, left her one and two-year-old daughters with an acquaintance named "Jacquita," on Monday at a Carl's Jr. in Hallidie Plaza. That's where they were last seen.

Jones went to police Tuesday night and told them she brought her children over from Oakland and placed them in the care of Jaquita. "After being interviewed Miss Jones was booked on child endangerment charges an unrelated narcotics charges," said San Francisco police Cmdr. Greg McEachern.

"Miss Jones says she spent the next day and night searching the Tenderloin and South of Market areas, but was unable to locate her children or the acquaintance," McEachern added.

Police officers responded to St. Francis Hospital at 3:45 p.m. where they located the missing toddlers and the acquaintance Jacquita, who the mother had left in their care.

The toddlers appeared to be in good health and will be medically evaluated and investigators from the Special Victims Unit will be conducting further investigation. Child Protective Services will also be involved in the investigation.