Mother wanted for kidnapping her own kids arrested in Moorhead: Kids Found

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WDAY: MOORHEAD — A Moorhead woman suspected of kidnapping two of her own children was arrested at her home in Moorhead about 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2.

According to Moorhead Police Capt. Deric Swenson:

Izetta Cooley was taken into custody without incident on a warrant out of Mower County, Minn., where she faces charges of kidnapping and violating a custody order. She was taken to the Clay County Jail.

Swenson said four of Cooley’s children were also found in the home at 1213 Main Ave. and they were placed in the care of Clay County Social Services.

One child who police were looking for, 16-year-old Morgan, was not located, Swenson said.

The five children went missing late Saturday, Sept. 29, when Cooley allegedly took two of her kids from a foster home in Rose Creek, Minn., which is southwest of Rochester, when there was a court order for her to not have contact with them.

The incident in Rose Creek occurred not long after Cooley’s husband, Miguel Cooley Sr., was arrested Sept. 24 and charged with murder in connection with a drive-by shooting outside the McDonald’s on Main Avenue in Fargo.

In the Tuesday morning arrest, Moorhead police were helped by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Metro Street Crimes Unit and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

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