Carson Tucker, 3 and Dakota Leonard, 4, were reported missing around 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Kim, Dakota's mother left the house out the back door and came back 10-15 minutes later. When she got back the front door was ajar and the children were gone, reports Click Orlando news.
The police spent two hours searching for the children and even searched the vehicle twice before they were finally found the third time tucked under the front seat of the car that was parked behind their home. The police officer that found them said he saw an eyeball peaking up at him from underneath the dashboard.
It is thought that the children hid because theirparents had told them they were not allowed to play outside.
"I believe they hid there to retaliate because I said no, because they weren't allowed to play out front by themselves," Dakota's father Rick Leonard told Click Orlando news. "I made them come in, and she did that to me and dragged the grand-boy along."
Police had been called out to the home once before when the family's 6-year-old went missing. The 6-year-old was found hiding in a closet.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood was not impressed with his teams police work, and said so.
"We had enough manpower not to be outsmarted by 3 and 4-year-olds," he said. Chitwood said the search cost the city and county more than $100,00 and he planned on re-training his officers in the following weeks.