Whereabouts unknown since Monday
Photos for Headline Surfer / Be on the lookout: If you see this Deltona woman, Tonia Schurman, or her three young children, an 8-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl, all shown here, or her youngest, a 4-month-old baby girl, then please call Volusia County Sheriff's deputies at 386-736-5999. If you can't remember the number, then dial 9-1-1. The mother is believed to be traveling in a black, 2003 Isuzu Ascender SUV, with Florida tag BKM195.
DELTONA -- A 27-year-old Deltona mother was court-ordered ordered to relinquish parental rights to her three small children -- ages 8, 6 and 4 months -- and hand them over to DCF.
But instead the mother has fled in an SUV with the kids in tow and Volusia County Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding her and her children, who may be in danger considering the desperate action she took in refusing to surrender them, an agency official stressed this afternoon.
"Deputies have been working with the Florida Department of Children & Families since Monday to try to find 27-year-old Tonia Schurman, who has dropped out of sight since leaving her home on Belvedere Drive," VCSO spokesman Gary Davidson told Headline Surfer.
"Deputies have been working with the Florida Department of Children & Families since Monday to try to find 27-year-old Tonia Schurman, who has dropped out of sight since leaving her home on Belvedere Drive," Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson told Headline Surfer.
Courtesy photo / This image downloaded from a Google search is similar to the black, 2003 Isuzu Ascender SUV with Florida tag BKM195, the young Deltona woman by may driving with her three kids.
"She apparently fled after a judge ordered DCF to take her three children -- 8-year-old Ibraheem Ayoub, 6-year-old Yasmin Ayoub and 4-month-old Madaleen Ayoub -- into custody, Davidson said, adding they are believed to be traveling in a black, 2003 Isuzu Ascender SUV with Florida tag BKM195.
"Because of the circumstances, all three children are considered missing and endangered," the Sheriff's spokesman said.
Davidson did not release information as to why the children were ordered to be turned over by the mother nor was any mention made of a father.
Anyone who sees the children or their mother or has any information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office immediately at (386) 736-5999 or dial 9-1-1.