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Adults believed to be with 5 kids last seen in Cypress have been found in Louisiana with 1 child


EARLIER REPORTING: A Cypress mother and her boyfriend were believed to be with the missing boys, a constable’s office said

A bare-boned Amber Alert issued in Houston turned into an interstate search for five children and three adults, and now the mother and her boyfriend have been charged after they were found in Louisiana with just one of the boys.

Deputies with the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office elaborated on the alert concerning five children who, along with three adult members of their family, disappeared at about 5:30 a.m.

The children were last seen in the Cypress area near Fry Road when the alert was issued.

The children’s mother, Zaikiya Duncan, and her boyfriend, who was described as their stepfather in the alert, Jova Terrell, are in the process of being charged with injury to a child and captured on Tuesday, according to the constable’s office.

According to ABC affiliate WBRZ, Duncan and Terrell were stopped in a silver Mitsubishi Outlander at about 4:30 p.m. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

When the two suspects were captured, they only had one child with them. Duncan and Terrell told investigators that they dropped the other children off at a relative’s house.

According to information released by the Texas Center for the Missing, a coinciding Silver Alert was issued to Duncan’s five children:

Nicholas Menina, a 7-year-old boy
Zayden Menina, 10-year-old boy
Jovion Menina, 12-year-old boy
Javier Menina, 12-year-old boy
Jarod Menina, 14-year-old boy
It was also believed that the children’s 18-year-old brother Jamerian Robinson was with them, but his whereabouts were not immediately disclosed.

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