'Never in a million years did I expect this to happen,' says grandmother of Cleveland AMBER Alert victims

Suspect's mother speaks after Amber Alert ends with children safe
Updated: Sep. 11, 2018 at 5:19 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - You probably got an AMBER Alert early Tuesday morning on your phone. We can tell you the two children are OK.

After being on the run for more than 12 hours, Arriel Bryant was arrested inside a west side apartment building. Her mom spoke exclusively to Cleveland 19's Lacey Crisp and says she is beyond relieved the kids are safe, and weren't hurt.

"It's tragic that this had to happened like this. I'm heartbroken from it," said Melody Bryant.

2 children found safe after morning AMBER Alert, mother in custody

Melody woke up in a panic after she got a call saying her daughter was on the run with two of her kids.

"I believe this is just a dream, and it's real. I know it. I don't want to believe it, but I know it's real," said Melody.

Police say Arriel was at the children's father's house, when neighbors say they heard the two fighting, then gunshots. Richard Kelley was shot several times and died.

"It's very tragic because he was a son-in-law to me, he was a friend to me.  He always called me on the phone when they were going through their rough patches," said Melody.

Police tracked Arriel down to a West Side apartment, where she was living with her sister.  They surrounded the building and arrested Arriel.

The two kids were inside, sleeping.

"At first, the occupant would not let us into the residents, then they did. The kids were sleeping in a room. She was arrested," said U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot.

Melody said she is thankful her grandchildren were found safely.

"They are good kids, and I love them," said Melody.

Melody says her daughter and Kelley fought, but she never thought it would come to this.

"I didn't expect this to happen in a million years. All I can do is give it to God right now," Melody said.

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