Durham boy found safe; uncle arrested
Posted October 19, 2010 5:19 a.m. EDT
Updated October 19, 2010 6:59 p.m. EDT
Durham, N.C. — 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.
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.