Father of Delaware Kids Who Went Missing Arrested, Mom Still Missing

The father of two Delaware children who went missing Friday night and were later found safe was arrested on fugitive charges in Indiana Sunday. 

Cortez Hamilton Sr. of Smyrna, Delaware is currently being held in Indiana. Once he returns to Delaware he will be charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

An Amber Alert was issued for Hamilton Sr.’s two children, 4-year-old Colette Hamilton and 2-month-old Cortez Hamilton Jr. after they went missing Friday along with their mother, 35-year-old Keisha Hamilton.

The children were found safe with Hamilton Sr. in Indiana Saturday. They are currently in the care of Indiana’s Division of Family Services.

Keisha Hamilton(pictured below) is still missing. Investigators say there is a real concern for her safety and welfare. She is described as a black female, approximately 5-foot-6 and weighing 145 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Officials have not yet revealed whether the charges against Hamilton Sr. are related to Keisha Hamilton’s disappearance.


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Neighbors of the woman told NBC10 police were often called to the family’s home for domestic disputes.

"She texted her sister, 'if you don't hear from me call the cops please,'" said Tia Small, one of her neighbors. "She didn't show up for work so they called the cops."

If you have any information on her whereabouts, please call 911 or Delaware State Police.

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