Originally created 02/11/02

Mother sought by police



The Augusta mother whose three children were kidnapped by car thieves last week is now wanted by police, who say she neglected to pick up two of them from an after-school program, police said today.

Authorities obtained a warrant for the arrest of 29-year-old Kim Roundtree on one charge of deprivation of a minor, Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said.

Ms. Roundtree is accused of leaving her 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son at Rollins Elementary School on Thursday evening for more than two hours after she was supposed to pick them up, Maj. Autry said.

The incident occurred just three days after thieves took off with Ms. Roundtree's vehicle with her children in the back seat. Police said the mother had left the car unlocked and running Feb. 4 while she went to an apartment to get the father of one of the children. The carjackers eventually dumped the children on a dead-end street three miles away.

On Thursday night, Ms. Roundtree's children were taken into custody by the Department of Family and Children Services. A hearing was scheduled for Friday, but the outcome was not clear.

"Apparently, they (department officials) have had other complaints on her," Maj. Autry said.

When officials found Ms. Roundtree Thursday, she said she was stressed out, according to Maj. Autry.

"She said she basically just forgot" to pick them up, the major said.

Anyone with information on the mother's whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 821-1020 or 821-1080.

Reach Greg Rickabaugh at (706) 828-3851 or greg.rickabaugh@augustachronicle.com.