Action News has learned that the man being sought by authorities was found by the California Highway Patrol near Atwater. The children who were the subject of the alert were reportedly not harmed.
Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputies said the incident began when they responded to a family disturbance in the community of Empire near Modesto. Upon arriving they reported that 47-year-old Phillip Tumilty had been involved in a dispute with his ex-wife and said he told her he would take the couple's children to school.
Authorities said hours later the two children were not taken to school, prompting the alert.
The alert was issued for Stanislaus, Madera, Merced, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern Counties.
Stay tuned to Action News and ABC30.com for the latest on this breaking news.