Muhammad had an arranged visit with her two children, which was monitored by a social worker from the Department of Children and Families.
Police said when the visit was over, Muhammad took the children out of the building and was supposed to load them into a DCF car so they could be taken to a foster home.
However, a black SUV quickly pulled up and the mother put her children into it, according to police.
Police said the SUV drove off at a high rate of speed. They were given a partial license plate number and the vehicle’s description.
About an hour later, patrol officers said they saw the SUV on New Britain Avenue heading towards West Hartford.
It eluded officers, but they were eventually able to stop it in front of 140 Federal St. in West Hartford.
When they approached the vehicle, they said Thompson tried to make a U-turn and struck a wall.
"I've lived here all my life. We used to play at that rock wall and to know that someone crashed into it is a little nerve wracking," said Abby Condon, an eyewitness. "It definitely looks like everyone's all right so that's good. The police officer had one of the children so I was happy to see they the children were safe."
Thompson was taken into custody at that point, along with Muhammad.
The children were taken to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for observation, but they were not hurt. They were turned back over to DCF care.
The sexual assault allegations are being investigated.
DCF officials couldn't comment further, but the agency is changing its policies. Since social workers aren't allowed to physically restrain people, there are guards at the facility and from now on they will escort children in and out.
Muhammad was charged with risk of injury and first-degree custodial interference.
Thompson was charged with risk of injury and first-degree custodial interference with Hartford police. With West Hartford police, he faces a number of motor vehicle charges.
Muhammad's bond was set at $100,000. She will appear in court later this month.
According to court records, Muhammad has a list of offenses that prevented her from having custody of her two children, including prostitution, breach of peace, criminal impersonation and assault.
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