SHORELINE, Wash. -- The King County Sheriff's Office has issued an Amber Alert for two young girls who were abducted by their mother after she allegedly stabbed their father in Shoreline.
Police believe Doreen Starrish, 28, and her two daughters were last seen riding in a black Cadillac STS with an unknown license plate in Shoreline.
The two girls - 7-year-old Helen Smith and 3-year-old Alice Smith - are described as Native American. Both have brown eyes and brown hair. Helen is described as 4'4" tall and weighing around 65 lbs. No description of Alice was given.
Starrish is described as Native American, 5'8" tall, about 170 lbs with brown eyes.
Deputies say Starrish and the stabbing victim are the two girls' biological parents.
Around 8:20 a.m. Thursday, detectives were called to a house in the 1500 block of NE 190th Street, where Starrish, the stabbing victim and the two children lived. After an argument, Starrish allegedly stabbed the victim in the chest, grabbed the children and took off in a 2000 silver Lincoln Navigator with Washington license plate ABK0976.
Around 1:20 p.m., Seattle police officers spotted a man driving the Lincoln Navigator near Lake City Way and NE 140th Street and stopped the vehicle; however, neither the suspect nor the two children were inside.
The driver told police he had picked up the suspect with the two children and dropped them off at a McDonald's at NE 205th and 15th Avenue NE. He said another friend picked them up in a black Cadillac STS. King County sheriff's deputies are now searching for that black Cadillac STS.
Meanwhile, the girls' father, Aaron Smith, was transported to Harborview Medical Center and was listed in critical condition.
Friends and neighbors in Shoreline said the couple often fought and it was a troubled home.
"Never once could they get along for more than an hour," said Brooklyn Jones, friend of Starrish.
Jones said Starrish and her ex had a rocky relationship and that Starrish endured years of abuse.
"I think it was built-up anger, hatred and rage towards the physical, emotional and mental abuse," said Jones.
Meanwhile, police continue to search for the black Cadillac STS. If you see the suspect or the children, you are asked to not approach them; instead call 911 immediately.