3 missing children found safe, Atlanta police say

Missing Atlanta children found safe
Published: Jun. 2, 2023 at 4:57 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2023 at 12:15 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Atlanta Police say three children who went missing Thursday afternoon in northwest Atlanta have been found safe.

“In collaboration with our Atlanta Public Schools Police partners, and also using our technology: our drones and camera systems, we were able to track and retrace their steps and locate them at one of their friends houses,” said Deputy Chief Andrew Senzer.

The reason the children left home without communicating where they were going is still unclear.

“She’s 14. She’s a teenager. She likes to be outside. and they’re younger than her so they go wherever she goes,” said Britshonna McDaniel, the mother of the two girls that were missing.

Police say they spoke with the kids about their actions to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“We’re just all happy that they were located,” said Senzer.

“I’m very shaky, my heart is beating so fast, my chest hurts, but now that yall have found them I’m very excited,” said McDaniel.

Original story:

The Atlanta Police Department says the three children were last seen by their mother at the park near their home at Westside Crossing Apartments on Perry Boulevard on Thursday at around 3 p.m., and were last seen on camera near the Circle K located at 1680 Hollywood Road at 4:22 p.m.

Jayla McDaniel, 6, is 4′6″ in height, 90lbs, having medium brown skin tone, and black braided hair with black beads. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt and blue jean shorts.

Arthur Patterson, 10, is 5′4″ in height, 114lbs, medium brown skin tone, and black hair low cut. He was last seen wearing pajama pants of an unknown color.

Amiya Patterson, 14, is 5′7″ in height, 145lbs, medium brown skin tone, and black braided hair. She was last seen wearing a crop top of an unknown color.

If anyone has seen these three critical missing juveniles or has any information on their whereabouts, contact 911, the Atlanta Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit at (404) 546-4260, or Crime Stoppers at (404) 577 – TIPS (8477).