Police: Missing children found safe, mother in custody

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The woman who police believe took two small children from a Charleston home is in custody and the missing children are safe, police said Wednesday evening.

According to Charleston police, Patricia Michelle Moon was taken into custody around 7:30 p.m. and the two children, 7-year-old James David Moon and 9-year-old Autumn Moon, are safe.

Police said Patricia Moon and the two children were found at Moon's Stinson Road residence.

After Moon was taken into custody, Charleston police identified her as the mother of the two children.

According to a police report, Moon tried to run when an officer approached her at a Cessna Avenue home. The officer pulled his gun and ordered Moon to stop, which she did, the report states.

"I'm the victim," Moon reportedly told the officer. "No one is willing to help me."

About an hour earlier, authorities from Appling County, Ga., issued a statewide alert for the two missing children, saying they may be in extreme danger.

When asked why she tried to run, the police report states Moon told officers, "Because there's the law and there's what's right."

Moon is currently being housed in the Al Cannon Detention Center where she is waiting to be sent back to Georgia for the kidnapping charges.{}

Both of the children were turned over to their father.