Amber Alert issued for 2 Idaho children kidnapped by mother who previously drove drunk with son in car

Amber Alert issued for 2 Idaho children kidnapped by mother who previously drove drunk with son in car
Mimi Charmayne Hiibel, Leo Isador Hiibel-Cloutier (Idaho State Police)

RATHDRUM, IDAHO: A 35-year-old mother, who is suspected of kidnapping two of her kids, a 6-year-old and a 17-year-old boy, on June 4, was reportedly convicted of assault and driving under the influence with her younger son in the car in the past. 

Mimi Charmayne Hiibel has a criminal record stemming from a stop in Post Falls in 2015. According to court documents, obtained by KREM, her younger son, Leo Isador Hiibel-Cloutier, was in the car with her when she was arrested for assault and DUI and later found guilty of the crimes. On Thursday an Amber Alert was issued for Leo as well as his 17-year-old half-brother, Gene Hackman, by the Idaho State Police. She also had another DUI charge in 2015 in Nez Perce County.  

Hiibel used to live in Nevada, a police source said. Rathdrum Police Sgt. Brandon Friis told the outlet that the family is from Kootenai County. The department, which is getting a lot of tips about the family, is working with authorities in Nevada and Oklahoma, where authorities think Hiibel may be headed. She was last seen driving a black 2012 Nissan 4-Door with Idaho plate K616700 to either Nevada or Oklahoma.

Gene Hackman (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

Her last seen location was the Super One Foods grocery store in Rathdrum, about 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 31. It was the store that was frequented by the suspect as it was the place she used to meet the boys' father, who remains unnamed, to exchange the children. An active warrant for her arrest was taken out after she either threw away or turned off her phone after gaining possession of her sons, making it impossible to track. She also abandoned her car in the parking lot of the supermarket which doesn't have CCTV cameras monitoring the area. Although the vehicle was initially believed to be of significance to the case, the authorities soon said that it was "no longer of interest."

According to a source, Hiibel did not have parental rights to the custody of Leo after a judge had taken it away. She was described in the Amber Alert as a white woman with brown hair and green eyes. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs approximately 145 pounds. She has a black tattoo of the letter "J" on the back of her left hand, near her thumb.

Leo on the other hand was described as having black hair and brown eyes. He stood at approximately 4 feet tall and weighed 70 pounds. The child was last seen wearing black corduroy pants, a white T-shirt, black tennis shoes, and a camouflage hooded jacket. His half-brother Gene was described as having brown hair and hazel eyes. He was 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighed 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a tan Carhartt jacket and boots.

Anyone who had any information regarding the whereabouts of the children or the suspect is requested to contact the police at (208) 687-0711 or 911 immediately. 

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