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5 missing children found in northwest Las Vegas

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From upper left to lower right: Luchiano Nicholas, Savannah Nicholas, Violet Bimbo-Nicholas, Sarah Nicholas and Demetri Nicholas. (Source: LVMPD) From upper left to lower right: Luchiano Nicholas, Savannah Nicholas, Violet Bimbo-Nicholas, Sarah Nicholas and Demetri Nicholas. (Source: LVMPD)
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Five children who ran away from a Las Vegas area health center Tuesday afternoon were found in the northwest part of the city Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

Police said a citizen spotted the children at the Taco Bell restaurant at Lake Mead Boulevard and Buffalo Drive at approximately 1:25 p.m. The kids left Taco Bell and were located a short time later at a nearby Walgreens.

Las Vegas Metro police said the children were staying at the Child Haven Community Health Center on Pecos Road, but they were last seen about 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard.

Police said 14-year-old Savannah Nicholas and her sister, 13-year-old Violet Bimbo-Nicholas, were last seen in the company of their three younger siblings - 11-year-old Luchiano Nicholas, 9-year-old Sarah Nicholas and 7-year-old Demetri Nicholas.

"We are not a detention facility, we are here to protect and provide services for children," said Jolie Courtney, the Clark County Department of Family Services manager.

Courtney is the one ultimately responsible for Child Haven, and she said because two of the siblings were in their teens, facility staff had no authority to stop all five of them from leaving.

"When it looks like they are really walking away we take them to the point of where we can see the property. At that point staff can't really step away from the children that do need to be supervised here. So first thing they do is call Metro (police)," Courtney said.

Courtney said there is little her staff can do to prevent this from happening again.

While family services couldn't tell us why the minors were in the facility, a source tells FOX5 the kids used to live in an apartment complex with their grandparents near Decatur and U.S. 95.

That same source says the unit often had noise complaints, and visits from police and Child Protective Services.

But now police have returned them back to Child Haven, a place which Courtney said can keep people out, but cannot always keep teens in.

"If a child wants to climb a fence and leave, they can, so we're secure as we can be under my license," Courtney said.

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