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A mother abducted her three children and may be hiding them in Mexico, police say

A mother abducted her three children and may be hiding them in Mexico, police say
Police are looking for Lily Vargas, 6, and her two siblings. (Los Angeles Police Dept.)

Authorities are looking for a woman who they say abducted her three children from their father's San Fernando home, and may have taken them to Mexico.

Police are looking for Crystal Juarez.
Police are looking for Crystal Juarez. (Los Angeles Police Dept.)

A Los Angeles Police Department news release describes Crystal Juarez, 28, as 5 feet 6 and 180 pounds with a tattoo on her neck that says "Humphrey Park."

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Police say Juarez took the children from her ex-husband's home in the 7400 block of Kester Avenue on Thursday around 4 p.m. He has full custody of the children, while Juarez was allowed to visit on weekends, police said.

According to the department's news release:

  • Gabriel Vargas, 10, is 4 feet tall and 80 pounds. “He was wearing a black shirt and black shorts.”
  • Ruby Vargas, 7, is 3 feet 6 and 60 pounds. “She was wearing a blue shirt, jeans and Spiderman shoes.”
  • The youngest, Lily Vargas, is 6 years old, 3 feet 4 and weighs 50 pounds. “She was wearing a white shirt, zebra print pants and pink shoes.”
Police are looking for 7-year-old Ruby Vargas and her siblings.
Police are looking for 7-year-old Ruby Vargas and her siblings. (Los Angeles Police Dept.)
Police are looking for 10-year-old Gabriel Vargas and his sisters.
Police are looking for 10-year-old Gabriel Vargas and his sisters. (Los Angeles Police Dept.)

"[Juarez] has family in Tijuana, Mexico and may have taken the children there," the statement said.

Anyone with information should call the LAPD Van Nuys Division Detective Desk at (818) 374-0040.

Reach Sonali Kohli at Sonali.Kohli@latimes.com or on Twitter @Sonali_Kohli.

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