5 Children Missing, Mom Charged with Kidnapping

October 02, 2018 12:53 PM

UPDATE: 4 of 5 Missing Children Found in Moorhead, Mother Arrested

A region-wide search is underway for five children believed to have been taken by their mother against court order. 


Investigators believe they could be in danger.

The children are 10-year-old Mateo, 11-year-old Mollycia, 13-year-old Mojo, 16-year-old Morgan and 17-year-old Marco.

Authorities say they're thought to be in Minnesota or the Dakotas and the children may not all be together.

Three of Izetta Cooley's children were ordered into foster care following charges connecting their father to a Fargo murder last week.

RELATED: BCA Now Says 5 Children Reported Missing in Mower County

On Monday, felony kidnapping charges were filed against Cooley. The warrant for her arrest says on Saturday night, Cooley entered into the foster home where three of her children were staying, demanded they come with her and drove off in a Black Suzuki XL7 with the license plate 103WJC.

Court documents say the foster relative the children had been staying with told law enforcement, "the family has been receiving death threats following Miguel Sr.'s arrest," and Cooley may be hiding out with the children.

On Sept. 23, a man was killed at a Fargo McDonalds. 

The missing children's father, Miguel Cooley Sr., was arrested the next day in Mower County and charged with the crime.

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At the time, Mateo, Mollycia and Marco Cooley were turned over to family foster care in Mower County following their father's arrest.

Documents also say "a grandmother of the children had called the school to inform staff the kids would not be going to school due to safety concerns," right after the Fargo murder.

Child protection has been involved in this family's life for the past couple of years, partially because they say Izetta has cancer, is highly immobile and can't safely care for her children alone.

Court filings suggest, however, the immediate concern for the children's safety stems from the alleged death threats they've received since the Fargo murder.

If you have any information on this case, law enforcement asks you call the Mower County Sheriff's Office at (507)437-9400 or dial 911.


Katherine Johnson

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