Children found safe after possible homicide of mother - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/13/10

Children found safe after possible homicide of mother

Alyssa Moreno & Ayana Torres Alyssa Moreno & Ayana Torres
Anthony Torres (Source: LPD) Anthony Torres (Source: LPD)

By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Two Lubbock children are safe after a possible homicide case involving the children's mother. Minutes after an Amber Alert was issued for the young girls, they were found safely, along with the man police call a "person of interest" in this case.

Neighbor Carl Stoneking recalls the scene to KCBD NewsChannel 11. "I just went outside and heard this ridiculous scream, and then he [family member] said she's dead, she's dead. He said he found her in the home, and he started crying and said we need to call the cops," said Stoneking.

According to police Amanda Moreno, 26, was found dead in her home Sunday afternoon. The cause of death has yet to be determined and police aren't sure when she died, except to say it occurred sometime over the weekend.

Once found, questions arose concerning the whereabouts of two of her children, 6-year-old Alyssa Moreno and 2-year-old Ayana Torres. Police also tell us that Moreno and Torres lived together but were not married.

Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens shared his concerns for the children's safety. "We have other information that leads us to great concern for these two children. We believe them to be in immediate danger and we need to locate them as soon as we can," Stevens said.

Police began the search for 35-year-old Anthony Lee Torres as a person of interest in the investigation. Torres is the father of victim's two year old Ayana.

After an Amber Alert was issued, a patrolman found Torres driving Moreno's car with the two children in the back, apparently unharmed. Torres is in custody but police have not specified charges against him.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 will continue to follow the story throughout the week.

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