Amber Alert canceled: Seattle toddler found safe, dad taken into custody
SEATTLE — Police found a missing 23-month boy safe early Wednesday morning and took his father into custody. An Amber Alert that had been issued Tuesday night was canceled.
The boy, Aaron Lopez, was being returned to his mother, who had legal custody of the child.
Seattle police found the boy and his father, Daniel Lopez-Andino, at a relative’s home in the Skyway area and entered the home early Wednesday to recover the boy and arrest the father, who is not a legal custodian of the child.
Police said Lopez-Andino, 24, abducted Aaron after a strong-armed robbery of the child’s mother in the 3000 block of South Chicago Street Tuesday.
The child’s mother told police that Aaron’s father physically assaulted her, took her purse and car keys and grabbed her son. Lopez-Andino then buckled Aaron into the front passenger seat of her silver 2003 BMW 325 4-door and sped off.
A child safety seat was properly installed in the back seat.
Officers spotted the BMW at 39th Avenue South and South Carkeek. They tried to stop the car by activating their lights and sirens, but Lopez-Andino ignored them and sped off recklessly, police said.
Officers knew that Aaron was not properly secured in his child safety seat. Police discontinued their pursuit out of concern that Lopez-Andino’s reckless driving would cause a collision, police said.
Officers saw the BMW last at Boeing Access Road and West Marginal Way. They later found the boy and father at a relative’s house in the Skyway area.
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