2 children found safe after Wheat Ridge Amber Alert issued

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WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. -- A girl and boy were found safe after an Amber Alert was issued in Wheat Ridge on Wednesday evening.

The Wheat Ridge Police Department said the children's biological mother, 39-year-old Norma Jean Ortiz, took them. The children's foster mom called 911 to report they had been taken.

Police said Ortiz took the children from Lutheran Medical Center. The children, a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old, were found safe in Morgan County in northeastern Colorado.

The Colorado State Patrol said a trooper stopped the suspect vehicle, a 2008 GMC Acadia near Brush.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation sent out an Amber Alert during the evening commute, even though it didn't have pictures of the missing kids.

"The thought process was we have rush hour traffic. We have many people out on the roads so we wanted to get that information out as quickly as possible," CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina said. "Normally, we have a complete package that is together with the images of the children and a summary of what happened."

"This is absolutely the best possible outcome, to have the suspect in custody, to have these children returned safely to their foster mom," Wheat Ridge police spokeswoman Sara Spaulding said.

Police haven't said why the children were at the hospital.

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