Statewide Amber Alert canceled

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WANE) Police in West Lafayette have canceled a statewide Amber Alert for four children.

According to Indiana State Police, the West Lafayette Police Department requested the cancellation Saturday morning.

The Amber Alert was declared late Friday night as the West Lafayette Police Department was investigating the abduction of four children from the city.

Police say the children may have been abducted by their mother, Victoria Whorton

Police were looking for 8-year-old Anthony Ballard Jr., 7-year-old Azzura Ballard, 3-year-old Akira Ballard and 1-year-old Ahleiryah Ballard.

According to a release from the Indiana State Police, the children were originally believed to be in extreme danger.

In a Facebook post West Lafayette Police said the four children were found safe and unharmed in a Chicago home on Saturday. They said no arrests are expected to be made by their department.

The post goes on to say the department responded to a call at a West Lafayette apartment Thursday for possible drug activity. There, police called the Department of Child Services because children were at the residence. DCS determined the children would be taken from the apartment and placed in the care of a close family friend.

Police said when DCS went to follow up the next day the children could not be located. They also said DCS believed the children’s mother, Victoria Whorton, may have left the state. That’s when DCS requested police issue the Amber Alert.

Police received information the children may be at an address in Chicago. They said Chicago Police investigated and found the children. The four children and Whorton are in the process of being transported back to Tippecanoe County.