GREENSBORO, NC -- It's been more than 24 hours since police say a mother took off with her two young children from their home in Greensboro.
Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, an amber alert was issued when Cierra McCollum reportedly took 6-year-old Davion McCollum and his 2-year-old sister Nevaeh McCollum.
Police believe the mother is still with them but we don't know why they left or where they went.
2 Wants to Know tracked down Cierra McCollum's record at the Guilford County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon.
We've learned that she was charged with misdemeanor child abuse 2 years ago.
It's important to note those charges were dropped.
Pastor Archie Jarrell, the pastor of McCollum's church said she might be afraid to come home for fear of getting in trouble.
"If you are afraid, just let them know you are afraid. We need to bring them home," said Jarrell. "And if they're afraid they're going to get in trouble, it's not going to be as bad as it is if you keep on running. If somebody took them, please bring them home."
A handful of people sang songs and prayed at the Full Force for Christ Ministries Church Wednesday night.
They held a prayer vigil in honor of the McCollum family.
It was small in numbers but strong in spirit.
Pastor Jarrell says that the McCollums' don't come to church every week -- but the kids do come to Sunday school and the family comes to the community meals.
He says he was heartbroken to learn that the family was missing.
But he's confident that the family's faith mixed with prayer will bring them home safe.
"God has got them. God is watching over them. I believe that they will be back home soon," said Jarrell. "Our prayers are with them and we love them so much and the family."
Pastor Jarrell says he thinks Cierra McCollum is a good, attentive mother.
However, police tell us officers have been called to the McCollum's house six times in the past month.
There were two calls for domestic disputes, two for disorderly conduct, one for assistance from law enforcement, and another for a police escort.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Greensboro Police Department at (336) 373-2287.
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