EAST HANOVER, N.J. – A 38-year-old East Hanover mother and her two children were found unharmed in Baltimore on Sunday, just days after they disappeared from their home.
Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said Patricia Schafer, her 13-year-old son, John, and three-year-old daughter, Jessica, were in a vehicle that was leaving the Towson Town Center Mall when it was stopped by Baltimore County police at 6:25 p.m.
Patricia Schafer will be charged with interfering with the custody of the children and will remain jailed in Maryland pending an extradition hearing this week. It was not immediately clear if she had retained an attorney.
Bianchi said East Hanover Police and county authorities determined Schafer was in the mall complex, so mall security and the Baltimore County police were notified. Mall security then followed Schafer's vehicle until the county police arrived.
"The children are in good health and their father is on his way to pick them up and bring them home," Bianchi said in a statement issued Sunday night.
Schafer and the children were last seen by her husband in their home on Thursday morning.