Amber Alert launched after two children went missing on November 3rd
A case of child abduction is being investigated, and authorities released an Amber Alert for two children aged 11 and one.
It is believed that 11-year-old Priscilla Penaloza and her 1-year-old brother Alexander Penaloza was abducted by their mother, Diana Moreira, 33.
Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa. The alert for Santa Clara, Alameda, and Santa Cruz can be viewed below.
Residents are urged to be on the lookout for a grey 2012 model Mini Cooper Sedan with license plate 6UWL251.
San Jose Police searching for mother who they say abducted her 2 children.— André Senior (@andresenior) November 3, 2018
Mother Diana Moreira.. 5'4, 120LBs, brown hair, eyes, medium build
Girl: Priscilla Penaloza, age 11
Boy: Alexander Penaloza, age 1
Grey minivan or SUV
Call 408-277-4786 @KTVU #KTVU pic.twitter.com/AgiRo2Z2t2
The children and their mother disappeared during a supervised visit with Child Protective Service at the Emma Prusch Farm Park in San Jose on Friday.
During the visit, a social worker took Priscilla to the bathroom, only to find the mother and son gone when they returned.
While the social worker was looking for Diana and Alexander, Priscilla disappeared too, but authorities believe both children were taken by their mother.
According to a family friend, Diana lost custody of her children in 2017 when an anonymous report was made that suggested the family was living in a car.
I don't always trust the state or custody battles as there is corruption. I pray for the situation to be better and safe for them all including the mother who must be in pain over losing her own children. Let it be worked out legally and justly.🙏— Alysa and Kids (@alysaandkids) November 4, 2018
Leaving it up to the courts is the worst thing you can do to a child the judge don’t care he just listens to the lies— Katharine Westerhaus (@katwester) November 4, 2018
Diana reportedly didn't want her children to go into the foster system. The children's father currently resides in Mexico. The family friend, Vasquez, told reporters:
“Her mother sleeps in a car. I feel like they are sleeping in a car. My mom always told her if you have nowhere to sleep, you guys can sleep at my house, you are always welcome. We are shocked. We don't know where she's at.”
Authorities believe they are heading to Colorado Springs and anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact 911 or the San Jose PD immediately.
Diana weighs approximately 120 pounds and stands 5 ft tall; she has brown hair and eyes.
Both siblings have black hair and brown eyes, with Priscilla weighing approximately 80 pounds and standing 4 ft 7 inches tall.