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U.S. Marshals Rescues 11 Runaway Children in New Orleans in Operation Summer Rescue

The U.S. Marshals have recovered 11 missing children in a two-month rescue operation in New Orleans, US Marshals announced on Wednesday.

During the 2 months, from August 1 to September 30 of Operation Summer Rescue 2020 focused on missing and endangered runaways, according to the U.S. Marshals. The several arrests were made during the children’s recoveries, to include an adult male who was arrested for aggravated statutory rape.

One of the children, a 16-year old runaway juvenile male, was believed to be involved in illegal gang activity involving firearms in New Orleans and another 13-year old female rescued in Nashville, Tennessee, with the assistance of the USMS Middle District of Tennessee Task Force, Metro Nashville Police Department, and the FBI New Orleans Field Office, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Marshals.

Another recovery of two children in New Orleans East in March resulted in the arrest of the recovered children’s mother, according to the news release. She was wanted after allegedly killing her 11-year-old son at a hotel in Laurel, Miss. The mother wanted on a first-degree murder warrant out of Mississippi was arrested. Her sons, ages 6 and 9, were recovered.

“This is a very important mission that the USMS has been tasked by Congress to oversee, as the safety of children across the country is paramount to this nation’s future,” said U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Louisiana Scott Illing. “While 11 recoveries may not seem high, this work, which is time consuming, was accomplished while also running our normal day-to-day violent felony offender investigations and sex offender fugitive operations in the district, along with our other judicial missions.”

Since 2005, the USMS has recovered more than 1,800 missing children.

The operation was sponsored and funded by the agency's Missing Child Unit.

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