Mom, missing Irwin kids found safe in South Carolina
A Colorado woman who police said took two children from Irwin on Monday was found overnight in South Carolina, according to Irwin police.
Champale A. Humphrey-Boglow, 22, was located in Richland County in central South Carolina at her mother’s house, said Officer Bill Sombo. She and the two girls, ages 2 years and 4 months, were both safe.
Police issued an alert Monday after the girls were taken from a Pennsylvania Avenue home. Humphrey-Boglow is the mother of the children but does not have legal custody of them. Their biological father lives in Irwin, Sombo said.
She apparently drove in a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox from Irwin to South Carolina — a 525-mile trip, he said. Humphrey-Boglow was found when a Irwin officer called her phone overnight.
“While he was talking to her, he could hear another female voice in the background,” Sombo said. “He got a more responsible adult on the phone.”
One of those adults was Humphrey-Boglow’s aunt, who was formerly involved in law enforcement.
Authorities verified with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office that Humphrey-Boglow and the children were indeed at the home in Columbia, S.C., Sombo said. She was not under arrest Tuesday.
Police have a warrant for a mental health commitment, but Sombo said that is not enough to extradite Humphrey-Boglow. Officers were conferring with the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office, he said.
“We’re moving forward with the next step,” Sombo said.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter @byrenatta.