Missing Wichita woman, son found safe

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A missing Wichita mother and her young son have been found safe.  Police said Samantha Riggs and her 1-year-old son Matthew were found in Riley County.  

"The baby was bundled up. They were at a grocery store," said Pam Barbeau, Riggs' mother. "Right now they have not decided to take the baby from her at this time, they're still investigating."

Barbeau got the call from her ex-husband Wednesday night when news broke that the two had been found in Manhattan, Kansas.

"I know that they're safe, my babies are safe," she said.

Matthew was wearing only a pair of white pajamas with multicolored dinosaurs when he went missing, and his mother was wearing black tights with a gray t-shirt and gray hoodie.

Police said Samantha Riggs became upset and walked away from her family home at around 10 a.m. on New Year's Eve. 

Officer Charley Davidson said someone gave the mother a child a ride to the QuikTrip at Pawnee and Meridian.

"The citizen left and returned with a child’s black Old Navy coat with a yellow stripe down each sleeve and gave it to the mother," Davidson said. "She mentioned to the citizen that they were waiting for a ride to Manhattan, Kansas."

Police say the case is still under investigation and would not release further details on the case.

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