A mother is on the lam with her 4-year-old son after he was placed in state custody but in postings on Facebook, she claims to merely be standing up for her rights.
An AMBER Alert was issued Monday evening (Aug. 31) amid suspicion Katrina Bryant, 36, may be fleeing the state with her son, Kingston Rodriguez. Bryant is also known by the last name Olguin.
Bryant was supposed to relinquish custody of Rodriguez to the Children, Youth and Families Dept., according to New Mexico State Police. Citing state code, a spokesperson for the department said they could not disclose details of the custody case.
The AMBER Alert was issued after Bryant failed to appear in court on a custody matter, Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo said.
But posts on a Facebook page linked to Bryant portray her as standing up for her parental rights.
“I AM WANTED BECAUSE [child protective services] has taken ‘legal’ custody of my son, due to their ALLEGATIONS THAT MY 4 YEAR OLD SON EATS TOO MUCH FRUIT,” one post said. “You read that correctly.”
“For those of you who know me, for those of you who have followed me on Facebook you know that my children are my everything,” the message posted Tuesday (Sept. 1) said. “I am not a criminal. I am educated. I am not on welfare. I worked and provided for my family. Before CPS stepped into my life I was a Property Manger of about 50 properties throughout town and I have an extensive professional background. I LOVE MY CHILDREN. I would do anything for them, including protecting them from a corrupt and unjust system.”
The post says Bryant is in Galveston, Texas. But the New Mexico State Police announced Thursday (Sept. 3) they have reason to believe Bryant is in northeastern Oregon or eastern Washington.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez is believed to have a medical condition that requires attention, Armijo said Wednesday (Sept. 2). She did not elaborate but the Facebook page bearing Bryant’s name mentions him suffering febrile seizures.
Bryant is last known to have been driving a black 2007 Jeep Liberty Sport with New Mexico registration 172-RTD, according to the New Mexico State Police. She was initially reported to have been traveling in a black Dodge bearing a different license plate.
Rodriguez is described as 3’8” tall, weighing 50 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Bryant is described as 5’3” tall, weighing 120 pounds with white skin and brown hair.
Anyone with information about their whereabouts is encouraged to contact the New Mexico State Police Office in Española by calling (505) 753-2277.
Armijo said Tuesday Bryant is “well aware of the AMBER Alert,” noting her postings on social media.
“We’re just encouraging her to do the right thing,” Armijo said. “She’ll have her day in court.”
This story has been updated.