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Children were alone in vehicle for hours as mom searched for 'healer's' home, affidavit says

Laura McCall faces two counts of misdemeanor child abuse after she and her children were found in Lafayette.

BOULDER, Colo. — A Boulder mother was arrested after she and her two children disappeared and were later found safe following an all-night search, according to the Boulder Police Department.

At about 10 p.m. Wednesday, officers were called to a home in North Boulder after receiving a report that Laura McCall, 40, and her 7-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son had abruptly disappeared.

They were last heard from around 6 p.m. Wednesday and found just before 8 a.m. Thursday by Lafayette Police.

According to an arrest affidavit, McCall and her kids left their home and were in a car when McCall said she had a "break" and decided to go to the home of a "healer" in Lafayette. She got lost trying to find the healer's home, parked and searched for the home on foot, the affidavit says.

She got separated from her children "more than once" and assumed they had gone back to the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

McCall eventually found the healer's home and fell asleep on the patio outside, the affidavit says. She said she did not search for her children because she had assumed they had gone back to the vehicle. It was later determined by investigators that one of the kids got the car key and they had spent the night in the vehicle.

Someone at the healer's home said they walked outside after getting a text message from an acquaintance saying that they were looking for McCall. When that person went outside, they found her asleep on the porch, according to the affidavit.

That person asked McCall questions and called McCall's phone when she realized McCall did not have it, the affidavit says. One of McCall's children answered, and they went looking for the vehicle. According to the affidavit, McCall's son said he was unable to make calls on the phone because he did not know the pin to access it.

McCall told investigators she didn't tell her husband about her plan to visit the healer's home. She said multiple times that she felt "hazy" and couldn't recall much of the night's events.

A security camera shows that the children were in the vehicle from 10:23 p.m. to about 6:30 a.m., when one of them got out briefly to look around and then got back in. During that time, McCall didn't return to the vehicle, the affidavit says.

McCall was arrested on two misdemeanor counts of child abuse. Her children were reunited with their father.

Anyone who has any information related to these crimes is asked to call Detective Cantu at 303-441-4328 reference case 22-9255. 

Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at https://nococrimestoppers.com/

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