Three sisters taken from Delphi home found safe in Arkansas

DELPHI, Ind.  — An Indiana sheriff says three sisters taken from their Delphi home by their mother on Tuesday were found safe in Arkansas.

Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby told us Friday night that the girls were found safe in West Helena, Arkansas, which is south of Jonesboro.

They were contacted by US Marshals and Arkansas State Police that the sisters were found safe around 7 p.m. Friday night.

The mother and father were reportedly taken into custody.

The girls are now with Arkansas DCS.

“The sheriff’s departments goal was to find the girls safe and sound before Christmas,” said Leazenby.

Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby originally said Friday 12-year-old Aujhanay Udhus, 8-year-old Georgia Banks and 6-year-old Amariah Banks were taken Tuesday from a home in Delphi, where they lived with their maternal grandmother. Leazenby says subsequent interviews with relatives have heightened their concern for the girls’ safety.

Authorities say the girls’ mother, 33-year-old Leah Banks, was staying at the home and took her daughters. Leazenby says the grandmother was granted custody of the children in March 2016.

Police believe the girls were taken to a home in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the last known address of Banks and her husband, Kevin Banks. He’s the father of Georgia and Amariah.

Leazenby says the parents have criminal histories.

Authorities were looking for a dark blue Buick Terraza minivan with Arkansas plates.