ROMA, TEXAS—Officers with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Roma Port of Entry arrested a woman from Missouri who was in the company of her two children, both of whom had been reported as missing from the Liberty, Missouri Police Department.
On Tuesday afternoon, December 18, a silver 2004 Chevrolet Impala arrived at the Roma International Bridge driven by Magdelene Deigh, age 42, a United States citizen female from Liberty, Missouri. The adult female presented a U.S. birth certificate along with a state issued driver's license for herself and claimed that the two minor females in her company were her children and U.S. citizens. The primary officer received a possible match on the adult female for an arrest warrant and the vehicle was referred to secondary for further examination and to verify the possible warrant.
Further biometric checks through CBP and law-enforcement databases confirmed the felony arrest warrant for two missing persons. It was revealed that Ms. Deigh had taken her two minor girls without having parental custody and the fathers had not granted her permission to take them. The two girls, ages 16 and 4, were released to the custody of the Roma, Texas Police Department who were to release them to (CPS) Child Protective Services. Ms. Deigh was arrested and also released to the police department who would transport her to the Star County Jail where she will wait to be extradited back to Missouri.
"This was a great example of how CBP encounters fugitives wanted by law-enforcement agencies through our ability to query everyone seeking entry into the United States," said Cris Cantu, Port Director, Roma Port of Entry. "These two children will soon be reunited with their fathers and get to go home."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.