Reward offered in missing children case; mother charged

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information that would help find two young children from Kansas City, Missouri, who have been missing since Nov. 9. Meanwhile, their mother has been charged with kidnapping.

WDAF-TV reports that 7-year-old Avontay Reed and 4-year-old Kelvontae Cooper had been placed with an aunt due to their mother's mental health problems and drug abuse. Police say the mother, Mattina Marshall, took the children from their aunt's home on Nov. 9. Marshall was located Tuesday but the children were not with her.

Court records say that when Marshall was found at a motel she told authorities the children were with their father.

Marshall was charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping and is jailed. She does not yet have a listed attorney.