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Police: Missing children, mother found safe in Portland

A Spokane mother whose children have been ordered to return to state custody has been located in Portland.

Patricia Lyons, 25, left Spokane after police say she stabbed her ex-boyfriend on Saturday.

Child Protective Services determined the incident violated court restrictions, and her 5-year-old daughter, Athena Lyons, and 2-year-old son, Ronnie Adams, are to return to state custody.

Portland police found Athena at an elementary school this afternoon, where they say Lyons had recently enrolled her.

Police found Lyons at a motel with her son. No arrest warrant had been issued in Spokane County, so Lyons was no arrested. Officers are coordinating her return to Spokane, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

Police believe Lyons may have left town before she knew she’d lost custody of her children.

“That’s why it didn’t make it to an Amber Alert,” DeRuwe said.