Parents of Rengo children spotted in California

The parents of three young Bellingham siblings at the center of a child welfare case were spotted Monday, Feb. 2, in Rio Del Mar in California.

Authorities have been looking for Unity (Levi) Rengo, 14 months old, and twins Daniel and Mornakai Rengo, 3 months old. Bellingham police said they were with their parents, Erica May Carey, 29, and Cleave Goheen Rengo, 23, when the couple fled Bellingham around Jan. 24.

They were driving a silver 2003 Hyundai Elantra four-door with Washington license plates AAT3216, according to Bellingham police. They have family in Arizona and Texas.

The notice about the sighting didn’t mention the children being seen.

The Rengos became a social media sensation last year with online claims that the state was trying to take their children because the twins were born at home. Court testimony, however, focused on a multitude of other concerns from Child Protective Services.

Their three children were temporarily removed from the one-bedroom apartment they shared with Rengo’s father, Bruce Rengo, on Nov. 5, amid the state’s concerns over a chaotic home life, including repeated contacts with law enforcement, the twins being underweight and whether the children were receiving adequate medical care.

After a hearing, a Whatcom County Superior Court commissioner returned the children to their parents Dec. 5, saying he was giving them a second chance but warning them then that the children would be removed from the home if they didn’t follow his conditions as well as cooperate with CPS.

On Jan. 28, CPS obtained a court order to place the Rengo children in protective custody.

The children have been put on the Washington State Patrol’s missing children website at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/mischild.php.

People who know about the family’s whereabouts may contact police at www.cob.org/contact/police-tips.aspx. Or call Bellingham police at 360-778-8800, or the state patrol’s Missing Person’s unit at 1-800-543-5678.