Father hopes for safe return of three children taken by their birth mother

Portsmouth police are trying to locate three children who have been taken by their birth mother, police do not believe they are in immediate danger.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- Portsmouth police are trying to locate three children who have been taken by their birth mother.

According to detectives, Sincere Samuels, Christian Cole, and Lyric Cole were last seen with their mother Asia M. Lamb on Friday, September 8, 2017 after school for their weekend visitation.

When the children did not show up for school on Monday, September 11, 2017 as required by court order, the father, Ryan Cole became concerned and contacted police.

"Everyone that knows me, knows that my kids are my world," said Cole.

Investigators communicated with the mother asking her to return the children, but she has refused to do so.

"You know for the past week and a half I've been trying to get this case rolling, so my kids can be found," said Cole. He said, "I miss them a lot, I just want them back home." 

Although investigators do not believe the children are in any danger, they have secured warrants against 35-year-old Asia Lamb for three counts of Abduction.

Cole said he met Lamb in New York, "dated for a while, got married, had kids and then you know went through an ugly divorce."

Lamb also has outstanding warrants for Burglary and Assault and Battery of a Family member related to a different incident.

"They are probably terrified because she's on the run now and you know they're along with her."

Sincere Samuels is a 13-year-old black male who stands approximately 5’2” tall and weighs 130 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. At this time no clothing description is available.

Christian Cole is an 8-year-old black male who stands approximately 4’2” tall and weighs 70 pounds. He also has black hair and brown eyes. At this time no clothing description is available.

Lyric Cole is a 6-year-old black female who stands 4’1” tall and weighs approximately 50 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. At this time no clothing description is available.

Asia M. Lamb is a 35-year-old black female who stands 5’6” tall and weighs approximately 167 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. At this time no clothing description is available.

"I just want them back home somewhere where they're comfortable, so they can get back into school. Be around their friend and around their family," said Cole.

If you have seen or know the whereabouts of 13-year-old Sincere Samuels, 8-year-old Christian Cole, 6-year-old Lyric Cole or their mother Asia M. Lamb, please contact the Portsmouth Police Department immediately at (757) 393-5300 or Detective A. Mannings at (757) 718-6781.

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