DAYTONA BEACH -- Sheriff's investigators want the public's help to find three missing children who are supposed to be in the state's custody and may be with their mom.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office received a tip Friday morning that 38-year-old Christina Brock and her three children were at the Comfort Inn in DeLand on Thursday night, but when authorities got there, they were gone, sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said.
The Florida Department of Children & Families has been looking for the Rudy children -- Darien, 4, Ceili, 8, and Rainah, 10, since Sept. 7, according to Reggie Williams, a local adminstrator for the DCF.
The state received a hot line report alleging abuse and neglect, Williams said, but investigators have been unable to talk to the mother or children. A judge ordered them into the state's care Monday, Davidson said.
A specialist for DCF is trying to find them, along with law enforcement, Williams said.
"They are on the run again, and we have no idea where they are at this point," Davidson said Friday.
Brock has pending drug charges and is a suspect in several criminal investigations, he said.
"Officials are concerned for the welfare of the children because of their mother's drug use," Davidson said, adding that the two older children are not enrolled in school.
Brock pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine in 2007, he said, and has an arraignment next month on charges of cocaine possession.
"Brock and the children recently moved out of their last known address on Cardinal Boulevard in Port Orange," Davidson said. "They've also been spotted at a storage facility on North Spring Garden Avenue in DeLand."
Anyone with information about the children or Brock is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 386-736-5999.