PACOIMA – As soon as Ameer Hack spotted his mom at the door of the van, his eyes lit up. “Mommy, Mommy!” the 4-year-old cried as his mother, Lucrecia Castillo, wrapped her arms around him. Tears streamed down Castillo’s face at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, when she saw her two children – Ameer and Elaine, 8 – for the first time since early Sunday. They were reunited in the parking lot of the LAPD’s Foothill Community Police Station, ending a bizarre three-day stretch that began when the children disappeared with their baby sitter and neighbor, Bertha Galvan, 60, and ended when Galvan and the kids walked into a California Highway Patrol station 115 miles away. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Police were trying to decipher Galvan’s explanation for the ordeal – that she missed her exit on the Golden State Freeway and kept driving north until she ran out of gas. “There are still more questions than answers,” Los Angeles police Capt. Jerry Szymanski said. “How did a person drive an extra 100 miles? That’s a good question. We don’t know yet.” It was 1:30 a.m. Sunday when Castillo asked Galvan to drive the children to Galvan’s Tujunga residence from a house in South Los Angeles. Castillo was visiting friends there and wanted to stay longer. She told Galvan she would pick the kids up in the morning. When she arrived at Galvan’s house at 7 a.m., though, nobody was home. Tuesday, Galvan told police she had been driving the children home and missed her exit on Interstate 5. Confused, she kept driving north until she ran out of gas in a McDonalds parking lot in Buttonwillow, near Bakersfield. She told police she and the children had stayed inside the car for the previous two days. Tuesday morning, a passerby recognized the car from news reports about the missing children. The stranger bought them breakfast at McDonalds and gave them money for gas, then led them to the closest California Highway Patrol station. “CHP immediately recognized them from everything that we’ve given them and everything that’s been on the news,” LAPD Detective David Escoto said. Galvan and the children did not suffer any injuries, Escoto said. Just an hour before the three arrived at the CHP station, Castillo spoke to reporters, pleading in Spanish for help finding her children. She broke down in tears and was helped out of the room at the LAPD’s Foothill station. She would not speak to reporters after being reunited with the kids. “She’s very depressed,” said Jose Garcia, a family friend. “She (needed) her kids to come home.” Los Angeles Police Department detectives interviewed the children and Galvan on Tuesday afternoon, but Galvan had not been charged with a crime, Szymanski said. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Slaven Bilic Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn There is a feeling within the first team that they were not worked hard enough in pre-season and that it is too late for them to drastically increase their fitness levels with the season in full swing. Bilic, who is under heavy pressure before Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie away against Tottenham Hotspur, spoke about the need to add more dynamism to his team at the end of last season, but his admission the numbers are not lying offered an alarming insight into West Ham’s disappointing start to this campaign.“You are looking at the stats,” Bilic said. “Many times you don’t need the stats to have a feel of the game. Very rarely they are not as your feeling is. Especially at home, our numbers of running is not what it should have been.“In general it is OK but we need to do more running that counts and that is high‑intensity running and sprints. We need to do more of that. We are fit, we are training. We are measuring them in training. It’s good. But sometimes it doesn’t happen.”Bilic explained that the stats had been slightly skewed by the size of the London Stadium. “If you compare with our opponents, they are not very different,” he said. “You can compare the West Ham v Brighton game with the Liverpool v Spurs game, there is a difference. But between West Ham and Brighton, there is not a huge difference. The ball in play at our stadium is less than it is at smaller stadiums. There is not such a big difference between us and our opponent when we play them or when we played away at Burnley.”Although the defeat against Brighton left West Ham out of the bottom three on goal difference, Bilic believes he still enjoys the support from the board and insisted that he has not considered resigning. “I never walked away in my life. There is no problem with my motivation and dedication for the club.”With Bilic’s contract up at the end of the season, West Ham have shied away from sacking him on several occasions in the past year, but their relegation fears will grow if they lose at Crystal Palace on Saturday. Bilic was asked if he considers himself fortunate after seeing Everton fire Ronald Koeman on Monday.“A lot of people think I should consider myself lucky,” he said. “But a lot think differently and that I deserve to be here. The only way that I can turn it in that direction is if we start to get better results.” Topics West Ham United Share on Pinterest news Slaven Bilic’s training methods have come under further scrutiny after West Ham United’s manager accepted that he cannot hide from statistics indicating his players are failing to run enough during games.While Bilic retained his job following talks with the West Ham co‑owner David Sullivan after the home defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion last Friday, figures showing his team have covered the least distance and made the fewest sprints in the Premier League this season have lent weight to concerns about a lack of intensity in training. Share on Twitter Share via Email Glenn Murray’s double for Brighton puts West Ham’s Slaven Bilic on the rack Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Read more Reuse this content