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Bond set for mother of four children who were subject of Amber Alert

Memphis Police said Jamisha Thomas was taken into custody Thursday. The children were found safe on Nathan Avenue Wednesday evening after an Amber Alert was issued.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Jamisha Thomas, the mother of the four children at the center of an Amber Alert Wednesday evening, was arraigned Friday and her bond was set at $200,000.

Thomas was arrested Thursday by Memphis Police. She is due back in court November 19th.

The children, who range in age from 1 to 10-years-old, had been missing since October 5. They were all previously last seen with Thomas, who is not the custodial parent and not allowed to be alone with the children.  

An endangered child alert was sent out Tuesday, then an Amber Alert Wednesday evening. They were found a short time later.

ABC 24 News was on scene at Nathan Avenue when the children left, safe and sound, to go to Tillman Police Station. 

ABC 24 News is not showing the children’s faces since they are considered victims.  

Thomas had outstanding warrants for aggravated child abuse and child endangerment. The TBI also charged her with kidnapping.   

The great grandmother of the four children told ABC 24 she is thankful they were all found okay.  

Thomas’ grandmother said one of her great-grandchildren went to the hospital, that's when DCS got involved.  

“I didn’t know the baby was injured until they took the baby to Le Bonheur,” said Ida Thomas, Jamisha Thomas’ grandmother. "The people called DCS. They told her that they were going to take the kids away from her. They were trying to put them with godparents.”  

According to a police affidavit, when the 8-month-old child was taken to the hospital on September 6, she was found to have several broken ribs, bruises on her lungs, a broken left arm, and a broken leg.  Doctors determined that the injuries were due to child abuse. The affidavit also said, on October 5 when DCS tried to take the children, Thomas took off with the children to an unknown location.

ABC 24 asked MPD why it took a month for an alert to be issued, but they said they were unable to comment at this time.   

Thomas’ grandmother said she hopes the kids can be reunited with their mother at some point and that they can get counseling.    

Credit: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Jamisha Thomas
Credit: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

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