Two young brothers were home safe with their grandmother in Harbor City on Sunday after allegedly being abducted by their non-custodial father.
Charles Baines Jr., 10, and Nathaniel James Baines, 9, were turned over to United States Customs and Border Protection agents at the San Ysidro border of Mexico, according to a statement issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Carson Sheriff’s Station detectives on Saturday were notified of the development, and they subsequently responded to the Border Protection office and took custody of the children, the statement said. The boys were later reunited with their custodial grandmother, Judy Baines, who has had legal custody of them for approximately one year.
Charles and Nathaniel had previously been in and out of foster care for most of their lives, Judy Baines said, but finally developed a sense of normalcy in her home.
Charles Samuel Baines Sr., a wanted parolee, is suspected of abducting his sons on Nov. 17. While visiting their grandmother’s home, Baines Sr. allegedly stole her purse, put the boys in her car and headed for the U.S.-Mexico border.
Judy Baines said she notified the Carson Sheriff’s Station and began calling her stolen cellphone. When a Spanish-speaking woman answered the phone, Baines’ neighbor served as a translator.
“It turned out that she was walking with the boys and she didn’t know what to do with them, so we encouraged her to keep walking, walking, walking, walk to the border,” Baines said.
Charles Baines Sr. remained at large and was believed to possibly be in Mexico, the Sheriff’s Department said.
He is described as 6 feet 4 inches, 270 pounds, with brown eyes and a shaved head. He may be driving a stolen red 2008 Kia Spectra four-door with license plate No. 6FMN288, authorities said.
Anyone information regarding the elder Baines’ whereabouts was urged to contact the watch commander at the Carson Sheriff’s Station at 310-830-1123. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.