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Missing boy found safe; Durham man charged

Posted March 11, 2013 8:35 a.m. EDT
Updated March 11, 2013 1:45 p.m. EDT

— A Durham man is charged in connection with a domestic dispute and kidnapping that prompted authorities to issue an Amber Alert early Monday for a missing 5-year-old boy.

The alert for the boy was canceled about 8:30 a.m. – two hours after it was issued – after Durham police said he was found unharmed and returned to his mother.

The mother's boyfriend, Santos Reynaldo Aplicano Gomez, is charged with communicating threats, assault on a female, assault by strangulation, kidnapping, battery of an unborn child, assault in the presence of a minor and interfering with emergency communications.

Officers responded to a domestic dispute about 11:34 p.m. Sunday at the mother's apartment in the 2300 block of Lednum Street. The woman told police she was injured in a fight with her boyfriend and that he left with her 5-year-old son and his 4-year-old son.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital while police began searching for Gomez. He was found with both children. Police did not give details on how and where Gomez was located.

Gomez was being held Monday afternoon at Durham Police Headquarters.