WEEKI WACHEE - A man was arrested on charges of interference with child custody and grand theft of a motor vehicle after disappearing with his two children, both less than three years old, in their biological mother's car, according to Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
Aaron David Brooks 31, of Masaryktown, went to pick up his children from their mother's home in Weeki Wachee on the morning of July 4, but would not leave when asked multiple times to by the mother, according to an arrest report.
The mother told deputies Brooks told her he would leave if she allowed him to drive her vehicle to the store with their children to pick up fireworks, which she agreed to and gave Brooks the keys to her vehicle, the report shows.
One of the children suffers from health concerns and requires regular medication, which Brooks did not take with him at the time. The mother told deputies Brooks told her he'd return the children by 11:30 p.m.; however, he never did, the report shows. The mother tried calling and texting Brooks' cell phone for two days with no response.
On Saturday, law enforcement sent out media releases containing physical characteristics, clothing descriptions, a description of the mother's vehicle, and requests for assistance in locating the missing persons, and on Sunday morning Brooks and the two children were located in the Brooksville area in good health.
Brooks was arrested and held on $4,000 bond, and as of Monday is still being held at the Hernando County Jail.