Sheriff Seeks Woman And Four Children

Las Cruces – The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating a woman and her four children missing since September 29, 2009.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of SYLVIA M. BARRETT, age 32, of the 3115 block of Camino Real, Las Cruces, charging her with four counts of Unlawful Interference with Custody, each a fourth degree felony. Bond has been set at $50,000.00 cash.

BARRETT lost custody of her four children when she failed to show for a Custody hearing on September 29.

The children, CHARLES (Charlie) VALENTINE, age 14, JOSHUA (Josh) VALENTINE, age 7, MARCUS VALENTINE, age 14 and MADILYNN (Madi) VALENTINE, age 9, may be in the company of their mother and an adult male and may be driving a 1997 Plymouth Voyager, teal in color, displaying New Mexico License Plate JXG 709.

It is believed they may still be in Las Cruces or the surrounding area.

Anyone with information should contact Investigator Michael Williams at 575.525.8810, Central Dispatch at 575.526.0795 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST).