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2 Worcester kids found safe after alleged kidnapping by mother

Tiffany Cancel, 47, reportedly took her two biological children from a Massachusetts Department of Children and Families facility on Brussel Street on Thursday

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Police in Worcester, Massachusetts, say two children have been found safe after being kidnapped by their mother, who does not have custody.

Worcester police said they were searching for 47-year-old Tiffany Cancel, who they said took her two biological children, aged 9 and 11, from a Massachusetts Department of Children and Families facility on Brussel Street about 1:35 p.m.

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Police said around 5:45 p.m. that Cancel and her two children had been located and are safe.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts had previously been asked to call 911 immediately.

While an Amber Alert was not expected to be issued, since not all criteria have been met, Cancel "did not have permission to take the children," Worcester police spokesman Lt. Sean Murtha said at a brief news conference, calling it "a very concerning situation."

Asked if he believed the children were in danger, Murtha said, "I can't say specifically what's going on with them and their mother. I can say that any time somebody's with someone who's not their custodial guardian, there's always an element of danger."

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