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Boulder mother facing charges of child abuse after she 'abruptly disappeared' with 2 kids

Boulder police search for missing woman, kids on sept 15 2022
Posted at 7:31 AM, Sep 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-15 14:05:17-04

BOULDER, Colo. — A Boulder mother is facing two misdemeanor counts of child abuse after she and her two children were reported missing early Thursday morning.

The Boulder Police Department announced the family was missing at 7:23 a.m. Just before 8 a.m., police found the children — a 7-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy — in their mother's car in Lafayette. Their mother, Laura A. McCall, 40, was found a short time later nearby.

They were not injured, police said.

After an investigation by the Boulder and Lafayette police departments, McCall is facing two misdemeanor counts of child abuse. She was transported to the Boulder County jail.

The children were reunited with their father, police said.

The investigation began after police responded to a home in North Boulder around 10 p.m. Wednesday upon receiving a report that a mother and her two young children had "abruptly disappeared." They were last heard from around 6 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Authorities searched throughout the night for the family, police said.

During the search, officers were seen working in the area of 12454 Baseline Road in Lafayette, about 10 miles east of Boulder. Denver7's reporter at the scene confirmed the police activity there was related to the search, though the mother and children were not found there.

boulder search for missing mom, kids sept 15 2022
During a search for a missing mother and her two young children Thursday morning in Boulder, officers were seen working in the area of 12454 Baseline Road in Lafayette as part of the case.

Anybody with information on this case is asked to call Det. Sarah Cantu at 303-441-4328 with reference case number 22-9255, or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

No other details were immediately available.