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Mom accused of forcibly taking her kids from legal guardian in Citrus County

LECANTO — A mother burst into the Citrus County home of the legal guardian for her two toddlers Saturday and forcibly removed them, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said.

Stacey Williams, 38, who is homeless, grabbed her daughter, Rylan, 3, and son, Mason, 1, from the home near Lecanto's four corners area, according to a news release.

An statewide Amber Alert was issued for the children Sunday night, authorities said.

The Sheriff's Office said it has received information indicating Williams was traveling with Ryan Williams, 39, her husband and the father of the children, and that they were going to West Virginia.

Rylan was wearing a pink dress and no shoes, and Mason was wearing an orange shirt and diaper.

The Sheriff's Office said the couple have a volatile relationship and are drug users. A warrant for Stacey Williams arrest on charges of burglary and interference with child custody has been issued.

The children had been placed in the home of the unidentified guardian by court order, though officials did not indicate why.

The guardian told sheriff's deputies that Stacey Williams had texted her earlier and insisted on seeing the children. The guardian told her not to come. Shortly after — about 5:45 p.m. — Williams broke into the home, the Sheriff's Office said.

The guardian tried to call 911, but deputies said Williams grabbed the phone and broke it, then grabbed the guardian by the face, scratching her.

Williams them picked up her children and left the house, deputies said. The guardian did not see if she drove off. But Williams sometimes drives a white 2004 Ford Expedition with the license tag DNSC61.

Anyone with information should call 911 immediately.