A woman has been arrested after Jamie-Leigh Kelly’s three-year-old daughter and new born baby boy were found in Essex – 90 miles away from where the family was last seen before vanishing.
Ms Kelly, 31, was seen leaving a Family Assessment Centre for vulnerable mothers and children in Colindale, north west London at 7.40pm on September 19 with her two children.
Metropolitan Police said the family left in a blue Ford Fiesta which drove away ‘at speed’.
Both infants were found at an address in Harwich in Essex and were taken into police protection before being sent to hospital as a precaution.
Last night officers searching for the missing mother arrested a 31-year-old woman who attended an east London police station, the Met Police said. The woman was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Jamie-Leigh Kelly, 31, (pictured) is still missing as her three-year-old daughter and newborn baby boy were found today
It comes as a 63-year-old woman was arrested at the address in Essex earlier today on suspicion of child abduction, assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice. She remains in custody at an east London police station.
Two other people have also been charged as part of the investigation, the Met said.
Ashely Hawkins, 52, of Alex Guy Gardens, Dagenham, and Jordan Hardy, 30, Connor Road, Dagenham, are both due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court tomorrow charged with two counts of child abduction.
Police are no longer appealing for information about the whereabouts of Ms Kelly.
Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford, who is overseeing the investigation, said earlier today: ‘We are very pleased, and of course relieved, to have found the two children after extensive enquiries over the past few days. They are safe and well and receiving precautionary medical attention.
The blue Ford Fiesta that Ms Kelly got in with her two children in Colindale, north-west London on Tuesday
Ms Kelly’s sister, Rebecca Kelly, previously made an emotional plea asking for her sister, niece and nephew to arrive home safe.
Speaking to the Mirror, Rebecca said she was a ‘brilliant mum’ and that ‘I’d tell her to come home, she can get help, we can provide help for her.’
‘She’s not alone. I just know that she’s scared.
‘She’s a brilliant mum, she’s not really got the support or help she’s been crying out for. She’d never hurt her children, ever, she’d never put them at risk.’