Authorities continue search for Minn. mom, kidnapped children


A nationwide alert has been issued for a Blue Earth County mother accused of kidnapping her two children from a Mankato foster home Tuesday, KARE 11 reports.

Police say 21-year-old Reina Gandarilla did not have legal custody of 2-year-old Isiaah Gandarilla and 4-month-old Iyanna Gandarilla when they disappeared from the foster care facility. The woman was also staying at the facility with the goal of regaining custody.

The Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office notified authorities around the country to be on the lookout for the three. KARE 11 says they could be en route to Chicago where the woman has relatives.

KEYC cites court documents that show Gandarilla's parental rights were terminated because she was unable to care for her children and could not provide adequate living conditions.

In September, a social worker visited a residence where the children were staying and reported a "foul, rotten smell." Documents noted the home was cluttered and dirty diapers were left on the counter. Gandarilla's daughter was found in a soiled diaper and her son had a bruise on his forehead and a welt on his leg.

Gandarilla was staying at the residence illegally in October where deputies found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Despite previous allegations, authorities don't believe the kids are in physical danger, KEYC says.

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