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Amber Alert Issued for 2-Year-Old Boy Allegedly Kidnapped by Father

The child's mother had obtained a restraining order against him.

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Originally posted at 11:21 a.m. May 23, 2014. Edited with new details.

A man allegedly kidnapped his 2-year-old son today in Boyle Heights, triggering an Amber Alert.

Abraham Vargas, 27, allegedly drove off with his son in his ex- girlfriend's Nissan Quest about 6:30 a.m., according to Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman. The woman has a restraining order against him, and has full custody of their son, she said.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued, and the California Highway Patrol reported during the noon hour that the vehicle had been found in East Los Angeles, but the man and his son remained missing.

According to police, the child's mother was putting the boy in her vehicle at her home in the 1000 block of Lorena Street when Vargas, who had apparently been hiding nearby, pushed her aside and drove off in the car with their son inside.

"This is the first time that he's actually tried to take the child as he did this morning," LAPD Capt. Gary Lopez said. "They've had other discussions and he's made statements threatening to take the child and go toward Mexico, but this is the first time he's actually taken any action."

Vargas is Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs about 180 pounds. He was wearing a red sweatshirt and blue jeans.

His son, Edwin Vargas, is Hispanic, 2 feet tall, with brown hair and eyes. He was wearing a red sweatshirt and blue sweat pants.

Anyone seeing them was urged to call 911.

--City News Service


MFriedrich May 23, 2014 at 06:41 PM
Here's a pic from NBC San Diego 7. Cute little fella. Doesn't deserve this: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Amber-Alert-Issued-for-2-Year-Old-260439681.html
Brainwashed_In_Church May 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM
I was at work yesterday and all of a sudden I heard several loud alerts from various cell phones in the room. We thought it was some sort of emergency system from our company IT.
Quenby Wilcox May 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Sadly, all too often these cases end very badly (and fatally) for these children. We are increasingly seeing cases such as this one with the courts and law enforcement officials doing all to little to protect victims. The attitude (until the child is actually killed) is that the mother is 'exaggerating', 'hysterical', and that (as I was told by the police) "a father would never hurt his own child". The ignorance and "turning a blind-eye attitude" that we are seeing in the courts is largely responsible for cases such as these escalating to this point. I hope on this occasion the police will take action rather than 'sweeping it under the carpet' as usual. For more information about the failure of courts to protect victims see Family Courts in Crisis posted on http://worldpulse.com/node/71182.
Wolfman May 28, 2014 at 11:08 PM
how the hell can a father kidnap his own kid no wonder our society in going down the tubes
Brainwashed_In_Church May 29, 2014 at 09:59 AM
No child molester, pedofile, pervert, rapist, abusive, drug addicted, alcoholic, violent fathers should EVER be denied access to their children.

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