Boys missing from SW Side found safe
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org April 17, 2014 10:13AM
Daniel Duignan | Chicago Police photo
Updated: May 19, 2014 2:12PM
Two boys who were taken from Chicago’s Southwest Side by their mother were found safe in Wisconsin on Thursday along with their mother and a pet dog, according to police and the boys’ uncle, Patrick Duignan.
Speaking Thursday afternoon in front of the family’s home in the 2500 block of 107th Street in the West Beverly neighborhood, Duignan said he didn’t know exactly where or how the boys were found, but that he and the boys’ father, Mark Duignan, were going to Wisconsin to reunite with them.
Police said Daniel Duignan, 11, and his brother Owen, 9, were taken about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday by their mother, Jamie Duignan, a Chicago police officer.
“Jamie is safe. Daniel and Owen are both safe. ... Everyone is accounted for,” Patrick Duignan said Thursday afternoon. “It’s the best feeling I’ve had all year because we were worried. ... Knowing these guys are good, that everyone is fine ... the rest of it can be sorted out. I only spoke to my brother for 10 seconds, and he’s relieved that his sons are fine and his wife is OK.”
Jamie Duignan and her sons were found unharmed in eastern Wisconsin and detained by local police, Chicago police said in an alert Thursday afternoon.
They said it was not known whether charges will be filed against the woman.
Patrick and Mark Duignan left for Wisconsin about 2:30 p.m. Thursday with the boys’ paternal grandparents. Mark Duignan, also a Chicago police officer, had no comment for the media outside his two-story brick home.
“My brother is exhausted,” Patrick Duignan said.
The water polo coach at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Patrick Duignan was asked if marital problems played a role in what happened.
“They were living under the same roof and were considering a divorce fairly seriously,” he said.
Duignan said he did not know where the boys were when they were taken. He said the couple have been married 12 or 13 years.
The boys are active and friendly, two women who live in the neighborhood said, before the boys were found.
“The boys are always out running around playing. Real nice kids. The parents are really quiet,” Julie Sabatini, who lives two doors down, said.
Sabatini was out for a stroll Thursday with Maureen Connolly, who was walking her dog.
“The mother and father seem to be very nice people, not that I’ve had that much to do with them. They seem to be a very nice family,” Connolly said.
“I’m very upset and very sorry to hear about this. I never would have suspected this.”
“This isn’t something you’d expect to happen, but you don’t know what’s going on in people’s houses,” Sabatini said.
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