McKinney PD asks for help finding two sisters at Amber Alert

McKINNEY – Authorities have issued an Amber Alert to two girls under the age of 10 who were last seen Thursday night and are believed to have been taken in by their paternal grandmother.

The girls’ father, who has no custody of them, is arrested in connection with their disappearance.

The alert for Jennifer and Jessica Burns was issued Friday morning at the request of the McKinney Police Department. They were last seen at a restaurant at 320 N. Central Expressway, near Virginia Parkway, around 6 p.m. Thursday.

“This morning we are asking the public to help find two little girls who were abducted in our city last night,” Carla police spokeswoman Marion Reeves said at a press conference on Friday morning.

Police are looking for two teenage girls who were last seen at McKinney on Thursday night.(Courtesy of the Texas Department of Public Safety.)

While at the restaurant, the girls stayed with their non-custodial father, Justin Burns, 34, under the care of Child Protective Services, who had temporary custody of the children.

Justin Burns, who was at the restaurant when the officers responded, was taken into custody on two counts of kidnapping and held Friday at the Collin County Jail. It is not known if he had a lawyer.

Jennifer Burns, age 6, white, 4 feet tall and weighing about 60 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing purple glasses, a light blue shirt with a glittery design on the front, and blue jeans.

Jessica Burns, aged 9, is described as white, 4-10 years old and around 90 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing dark-rimmed glasses, a red long-sleeved black-sleeved shirt, and blue jeans.

James Burns
James Burns(Courtesy of the McKinney Police Department.)

McKinney police are looking for 60-year-old Jamie Burns, the sisters’ paternal grandmother, and have received two warrants for her on charges of kidnapping, court records show. She is described as white, 5-2 and about 230 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

James Burns was last seen driving a black 2009 Ford Escape with Texas license plate MTC-6093. Police said the car has a scratch on the front, silver door handles and a black interior.

Reeves confirmed that James Burns was not part of the visit and said a CPS social worker called 911 Thursday night.

Jaime Burns was arrested by Allen police in September 2021 on charges of child abandonment or recklessly endangering a child, and court records show she was due to enter a plea agreement on Friday. Her lawyer in this case could not be contacted for comment.

According to an affidavit with an arrest warrant obtained by KTVT-TV (channel 11), the police contacted the house where Jamie Burns lived with her son and three granddaughters – Jennifer, Jessica and their sister – for reports of “possible disturbances related to with methamphetamines. The affidavit states that she tried to leave with the children, and when the police stopped the car, they found methamphetamine in the floorboard of the rear passenger.

“That’s why it’s critical at this time that we find Jennifer and Jessica and bring them back safe and sound,” Reeves said of James Burns’ criminal past.

Anyone with clues or information should call McKinney Police at 972-547-2758, but if you think you’ve seen something that needs immediate attention, the department said to call 911 instead.

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