Couple sought for allegedly taking kids from legal custody

Authorities are asking the public’s help in finding the whereabouts of an Old Lycoming Township couple who are believed to have fled the area with their two small children after failing to return them to a relative who has legal custody of the minors.

Jeremiah Weed, 30, and his wife, Jasmine Weed, 31, of Catherine Drive, just off of Mill Lane, will face a felony charge of interference with custody after allegedly failing to return the children to Jasmine’s mother, “who has full legal and physical custody of the children since May 2016,” township Police Chief Joseph Hope said.

Police have no reason to believe the Weeds would harm their children, but both the mother and father “have serious drug addictions,” Hope said.

Jasmine Weed has visitation rights to see her children, 2-year-old Makayla and 4-year-old Ian, Hope said, adding she took the two on Feb. 8.

The grandmother has been working with the county’s Children and Youth Department and other law enforcement officials in an attempt to locate the grandchildren.

Makayla is described as white, about 3 feet tall, weighing 35 pounds with brown eyes and blonde hair. Her brother is described as white, weighing 40 pounds with brown eyes and red hair. He also is handicapped, unable to walk, police said.

Anyone with information about the Weeds or their children is asked to call township police at 570-329-4060.

Jeremiah Weed is “currently wanted by the Lycoming County Probation Office for absconding,” Hope said.