Two Helena children from Missing/Endangered Persons Advisory found

Posted at 6:39 PM, Jan 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-13 20:39:27-05

(UPDATE, January 13, 6:30 p.m.) The two Helena children mentioned in Wednesday’s Missing and Endangered Persons Advisory were located in Helena on Sunday, according to a Facebook post from the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 5 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to a call from the 2000 block of Prospect Avenue. Alex Gray Kaufman, 1 year and 8 months old, and Kristl Kaufman, 7 months old, were located inside of a vehicle on the scene.

The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office wrote that a 30-year-old Helena resident– Shala Lynece Hood– was arrested following the incident on an outstanding felony warrant for custodial interference, along with fellow Helena resident Lonny Kaufman, charged with felony obstruction of justice and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. Both were escorted to the Lewis and Clark County Jail.

Child and Protective Services has taken custody of both children.

Two children for whom a Missing and Endangered Persons Advisory had been issued are found in Helena.On 1-12-19 at 5:04…

Posted by Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, January 13, 2019

(January 9, 1 p.m., UPDATE) The Missing and Endangered Persons Advisory for Alex and Kristl Kaufman has expired. The children have not been found at this time.

If you have any information, please call the Helena Police Department at (406) 442-3233.

(January 9, 2019) A Missing/Endangered Persons Advisory requested by the Helena Police Department for two children is still in effect.

The Advisory was issued Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. for Alex and Kristl Kaufman, who were with their mother, Shala Hood.

Alex is a 1 year and 8 month old white male with blonde hair and blue eyes. He is 3-foot-6 and 35 pounds. Kristl is a 7-month-old white female with blonde hair. She is 2-foot-6 and weighs 30 pounds.

Shala is a 30-year-old white female with brown hair and green eyes. She is 5-foot-2 and weighs 155 pounds.

The Court ordered the children’s removal from their mother’s custody for reasons that the children are in immediate or apparent danger without Child Protective Services intervention.

The children were last seen by CPS on December 22, 2018. There is an unknown direction of travel, but they may be headed to the Great Falls area.

There is currently no known mode of transportation.

If you have any information about Hood or the children’s whereabouts, please call the Helena Police Department at (406) 442-3233 or dial 911.