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U.S. Marshals rescue 8 missing children in Indiana during "Operation Homecoming"

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Posted at 8:36 AM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 09:36:43-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Eight missing children were rescued in a five-day rescue operation in the Indianapolis area, according to federal authorities.

The children are between 6 to 17 years old in what’s been called “Operation Homecoming," according to a U.S. Marshals Service’s Southern District of Indiana press release.

Authorities said these children "were considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area, based on indications of high-risk factors such as victimization of child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sex abuse, physical abuse and medical or mental health conditions."

One arrest of an adult subject was made with charges including alleged crimes related to parental kidnapping, intimidation, weapons possession and custodial interference.

The children were turned over to the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Federal authorities worked with groups including Indianapolis police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.