FOUND: 9-year-old boy kidnapped by mother in North Minneapolis

According to a press release from the Minneapolis Police Department, the missing 9-year-old boy who was allegedly kidnapped by his mother early Sunday morning has been discovered safe.

The kid presumably wandered home on his own around 5 p.m. on Sunday, according to authorities, and is now back in the custody of his guardian.

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Police said they don’t know where the boy’s mother, Latiena Smith, is and haven’t decided whether or not they’ll charge her with a crime. Smith does not have parental rights to her son, according to authorities.
Azherian Kingston Smith, 9, is missing and is dressed in a white shirt and grey jogging pants with white spots, according to police. He was last seen in North Minneapolis shortly after midnight with his mother, Latiena Smith, who did not have parental rights over him.

Latiena and her son’s custodial carer are currently separated by a protective order that forbids any contact between them. Latiena does not have parental rights to her son, according to MPD. This is being investigated as a domestic kidnapping.

Please call 911 immediately if you see Latiena or Azherian or have any information regarding their whereabouts.

Tips can be left anonymously online at www.CrimeStoppersMN.org or over the phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). The Minneapolis Police Department can also be reached at 612-348-2345.

Azherian has also been placed on an endangered missing person alert by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

An AMBER alert has not been issued by authorities. The following are the instructions for triggering an AMBER alert.

Azherian was at his custodial caregiver’s house on the 3000 block of 3rd Street North when his mother came to the back door and abducted him soon after midnight Sunday, March 6, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. They fled the scene on foot, but authorities believe they were followed by an unknown car. It is currently unknown in which direction they will move.

Azherian Smith, who is nine years old and stands 4 feet, eight inches tall, was last seen wearing a white shirt and grey jogging trousers with white spots.

Latiena Smith, his mother, is 27 years old and stands 5 feet 2 inches tall. She’s been seen in the vicinity of Lyndale and West Broadway, including Merwins and Cub Foods, according to police.

Minneapolis snow emergency

Minneapolis has declared a snow emergency until 9 p.m. Sunday to allow municipal personnel to plough and treat the roadways.

Snow ploughs will clear streets of Snow Emergency Routes, which are identified with red emergency snow route signs and blue street name signs, beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday and ending at 8 a.m. Monday. You avoid getting towed and receiving a penalty, make sure to move your cars.

Cars can park on the odd side of the street and both sides of Snow Emergency Routes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. The street’s even side and parkways will be ploughed.

Cars can park on the even side of the street, both sides of Snow Emergency Routes, and both sides of parkways from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The roadways on the other side will be ploughed.

View Snow Emergency Routes on the Street Lookup Map. If there are no addresses to examine, the map can assist you figure out which side of a street is even or odd.
Residents are also reminded to shovel their sidewalks and the area around their garbage carts, according to the city. More information regarding the Minneapolis Snow Emergency parking regulations can be found here.

The automated 612-348-SNOW hotline in Minneapolis also contains information on parking limitations that drivers should be aware of in order to avoid penalties and tows. Information is available in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong on the hotline.

If your vehicle has been towed, go to the Minneapolis Impound Lot’s new office at 50 Van White Memorial Blvd.

A snow emergency has been declared in St. Paul.


St. Paul has also declared a snow emergency.

All NIGHT PLOW ROUTES will be ploughed beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday. Parking is prohibited on Night Plow Routes, which include downtown and any streets marked “NIGHT PLOW ROUTE” or “NIGHT PLOW ROUTE THIS SIDE OF STREET.”

All DAY PLOW ROUTES will be ploughed starting at 8 a.m. Monday. On Day Plow Routes, do not park. There are no signage indicating Day Plow Routes. Consider it a Day Plow Route if there are no “Night Plow” signs posted inside the block.

Vehicles that are not relocated off designated routes by the aforesaid time will be ticketed and towed, according to the city.

Residents are advised to shovel their sidewalks, not push snow into the roadways, and not park recycle or garbage carts in the street. Snow and ice must be cleared from sidewalks within 24 hours, according to city legislation.

To find out where you may park during the snow emergency, look at the map below. More information can be found here.

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