Police search East Texas siblings taken from CPS custody by members of the family with Longview ties | Native Information
Authorities are looking for two East Texas siblings who have been taken out of custody by the CPS and whose family members have links with Longview.
Smith County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe Amber Jackson, 13, and Tristan Jackson, 9, who were placed with family members in Smith County by Child Welfare Services last week, could be with their mother, Cynthia Hodges, and their maternal grandfather, Jimmy Hodges , and his wife Francis “Callie” Hodges.
They may live in RV parks in the area, with the last known park they were in being in Longview, according to police.
On June 25, by order of a Polk County judge, CPS was granted temporary sole management of the Jackson siblings and the children were placed with Smith County family members.
On June 24, Cynthia Hodges picked up the children of the family named by the CPS, violating a court order. Shortly after she picked up the siblings, law enforcement officers stopped her and arrested her on pending arrest warrants. The officer was unaware of the children’s custody issues and allowed her to contact a family member who was not allowed to have the siblings, police said.
Police said a family member brought the children to live with their maternal grandfather, Jimmy Hodges, and his wife, Francis “Callie” Hodges. Jimmy and Francis Hodges were given the option to return the children to the approved placement family or the CPS, but they refused to do so. Cynthia Hodges is out of jail, and Smith County investigators believe the children are with the three Hodges and are concerned for their safety.
The Hodges have a white 2012 Ford 250, an unrecognized license plate, and they could tow an RV. All three people have connections to East and South Texas and could stay in hotels or motels in the area.
Cynthia Hodges, Jimmy Hodges and Francis Hodges have arrest warrants on two custody charges each. A bond of $ 100,000 is set for each fee.
Jimmy Hodges is wanted from Dallas and Smith Counties, and Francis Hodges has a probation warrant, according to police.
The sheriff’s office said Cynthia Hodges was a known drug user, and Jimmy and Francis Hodges had extensive criminal backgrounds. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the child or adult should call the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 566-6600.
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