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Durham boy found safe; uncle arrested

Posted October 19, 2010

— A 1-year-old Durham boy who was reported missing Monday was found safe and returned to his mother early Tuesday, and his uncle was charged in the case, police said.

The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force found Vincente Guerrero-Omana, 34, and the boy, Eliut Briseno, on Streams of Fields Drive in Raleigh, according to Raleigh police.

"The child was unharmed and has been returned to his mother," Durham Police Department spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

Guerrero-Omana was placed in the Durham County jail under a $50,000 bond.

The boy's mother, Liliana Briseno, said she was grateful to have her son back. She said he wasn't hurt but was very tired.

"I've got my child with me, so everything is fine right now," Brisano said.

Briseno's family told police Monday that they believed Guerrero-Omana was taking the boy to Mexico to be with his father, who was recently deported.

Eliut Briseno Mother grateful for child's safe return

Guerrero-Omana had moved in with Briseno to help with the rent, and she said she thought he took the child because she planned to move to Raleigh.

"I (told) him a week ago we (would) move to Raleigh, and he wanted to stay with the baby," she said.

Guerrero-Omana told Brisano on Sunday that he was taking the child to Walmart, and when she later reached him, he said he was at a hotel with the boy.

"He told me clearly that he wasn't going to bring him back," Brisano told a 911 dispatcher through a translator.

Durham police Sgt. David Addison said police were notified about the possible abduction around 1 p.m. Monday, a day after Guerrero-Omana and the boy were seen on a Durham Area Transit Authority bus on Fayetteville Street in Durham.

The case didn't qualify for an Amber Alert, Addison said, because a family member allegedly took the child and investigators had no reason to believe the boy was in any immediate danger.


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  • saywhaaaaat Oct 19, 2010

    AMEN Garnerian!

  • Garnerian Oct 19, 2010

    "< Yeah, daughters aren't worth much. > sarcasm"

    The child was a little boy right? Where did this statement come from REV? And I would die trying to get my son if it came to that. Of course we dont know anything about the father other than he was deported. Doesnt mean is a bad person.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Oct 19, 2010

    Glad the child is back home and safe. Someone asked who to feel for, the mom or the dad because of the child? Neither; I feel for the child. But when she goes back to Mexico they can be together as a family again.

  • pyranna Oct 19, 2010

    I am due the laws enforced for which I have paid tax for and inherent. No two tier system, go look at Wake County Traffic Court for an example. It's disgusting...

  • snowmentality Oct 19, 2010

    trianglerelic, it is not true that 70-80% of Amber Alerts go out for Hispanic children. On page 17 of the 2009 government report on Amber Alert statistics, it says that 37% of Amber Alerts were for white children, 29% for black children, and 27% for Hispanic children. http://www.amberalert.gov/pdfs/09_amber_report.pdf

  • saywhaaaaat Oct 19, 2010

    True that RB. One will never know the REASON why the father was deported in the first place. Could be because of murder, drugs, or just for something simple. But for whatever reason, Im sure the mother knew what was going on from the get go. She wouldn't have said the child wasn't in any harm.

  • Adelinthe Oct 19, 2010

    latinagirrly - "Its very sad how families are torn apart on daily basis due to immigration."

    They're torn apart because someone broke a law, not because of the laws in place that they broke.

    For instance, if you park in a No Parking area and the city arranges to have your car towed, is it the fault of the city, the towing company or you for parking in the No Parking zone in first place.

    God bless.


  • saywhaaaaat Oct 19, 2010

    I kinda understand the families situation. Father in Mexico, mother here, child without father......and so on and so on. Its very sad how families are torn apart on daily basis due to immigration. The uncle should have tried doing it the LEGAL way, like letting the mother know what he was trying to do. Very sad....

  • Adelinthe Oct 19, 2010

    "Briseno's family told police Monday that they believed Guerrero-Omana was taking the boy to Mexico to be with his father, who was recently deported."

    That means he was here illegally or did something illegal while on a Visa.

    Why would any of you want a child this young to be with a lawbreaker?

    Boggles my mind.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Oct 19, 2010

    Garnerian - "Sucks the childs daddy cant have his son."

    < Yeah, daughters aren't worth much. > sarcasm


    If the mother had custody in this country, that's the end of it. Trying to make anything else happen is breaking the law.

    God bless.