JACKSONVILLE,Fla. – Two children who were missing from their Northwest Jacksonville home have been found safe, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Police said at 8:15 p.m. Monday, a patient of the Mental Health Resource Center on West 20th Street pulled some fire alarms and left.
The patient, now identified as 24-year-old Sharmeka Jackson, was wearing a blue gown when she left the Center.
Police said she showed up bloody and naked at a home on St. Clair Street, where her children were staying.
Police said Jackson changed clothes and left with her two children on foot.
Police said they were concerned for the well-being of the children and Jackson, because Jackson had made threats toward the children and herself. "Obviously that was a big red flag to us, we put all our resources in. We brought bloodhounds, lots of police were in the area," said Officer Melissa Bujeda.
The kids were found safe around 11:10 p.m. near Myra Street. They were at a house of someone Jackson knew.
The kids' names were not released.
Bujeda said Jackson had been staying at the Mental Health Resource Center under a Baker Act since March 19. She had no prior arrests, but Bujeda said she had been admitted for mental health treatment under the Baker Act multiple times.
"This is still early, lots of records to go through, lots of records to see what we’re dealing with and make sure this doesn’t happen again," Bujeda said.