Cops: 2 Kids Found Safe After Man Kidnaps Them When Family Car Broke Down

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File photo of a police car. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a police car. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say they are searching for a man they believe kidnapped two young children after offering help to their mother after the family car broke down along an Atlanta-area interstate.

Police say the children were subsequently found uninjured with two women, who reported a male acquaintance had asked them to babysit the pair.

DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said Wednesday the women contacted police after seeing media reports about the missing children. Parish said the man has not been identified, and the two women knew him only by a nickname.

Authorities began searching for 3-year-old Jalen Mattison and his 1-year-old sister Amari Mattison after their mother told police a stranger had driven off with her children after stopping to help when their 1996 Volvo broke down early Wednesday.

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