STANISLAUS COUNTY, CA - Two children from Empire were found safe and their alleged abductor, their father, has been taken into custody, according to law enforcement.

Stanislaus County sheriff's spokesman Deputy Raj Singh said Phillip Tumilty, 9;his sister, Tiffany Tumilty, 6; and their father, Phillip Tumilty, 47, were located by the California Highway Patrol in Atwater.

According to to the sheriff's department, Tumilty and his ex-wife had an argument at her home on the 4900 block of Brooklyn Court Friday morning. The mother has custody of the couple's children and they live with her. Tumilty told his former wife he would take the children to school but she found out later in the morning the kids were not at school. An Amber Alert was issued.

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