The California Highway Patrol has issued a statewide Amber Alert after authorities say a couple allegedly fled a Boyle Heights home with their four young children.
Police said the children were taken from their maternal grandmother's home in the 1400 block of North Indiana Street about 12:30 p.m. Friday.
The children's parents, identified by police as Rosa Chairez and Enrique Felix, no longer have custody.
They are believed to be traveling in a dark PT Cruiser with tinted windows and white paper plates, Los Angeles police said in a written statement. The vehicle is also missing the right, rear hubcap.
The children were described as two boys, ages 5 and 7, and two 1-year-old twin girls.
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services placed the children in the custody of their grandmother because of alleged incidents of violence towards the children and their mother. On Friday evening, authorities made a public plea to return the children.
"The safety of the children is primary here and I think in this case, I'm asking you just to do the right thing and bring the children in if you are watching," said LAPD Capt. Martin Baez.
The family may be headed to Mexico, authorities said.