The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert for Los Angeles and several other counties after a 1- to 2-month-old boy was allegedly abducted by his father after a domestic violence incident in the Fort Tejon area Friday afternoon, according to authorities.
The baby was kidnapped while his family was headed northbound on the 5 Freeway just north of the 138 Freeway, said Lt. Leo Bauer with the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station.
They had stopped due to an argument between the parents, and the father of one of two children in the vehicle threatened to kill himself, according to Bauer.
“There was some type of dispute between the couple, and at that time she – we don’t know if she exited the vehicle or if he kicked her out of the vehicle – she was outside of the vehicle with one of the children," said sheriff's Deputy Joana Warren.
The man then grabbed his son and took off in a white 2007 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck, with California license plate No. 02390P1, according to authorities.
The other child is safe with the mother.
“The child is a newborn … and even though it’s a parent, it’s considered an abduction because he took a child without the mother’s permission. He needs the mother, he needs to be fed every couple of hours, changed. He doesn’t even have his first shots yet," Warren explained.
The suspect, identified as 42-year-old Jeffrey Gomes, is considered "armed and dangerous," according to the Amber Alert. Bauer said the man is armed with a handgun.
He is believed to be heading north on the 5, the Sheriff's Department said.
Gomes is described as Hispanic, standing 6-feet tall and weighing 207 pounds, according to CHP. He is believed to be wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt, dark blue jeans and a gray hat.
The baby was identified as Jefferson Gomes. CHP described the infant as Asian, with brown hair, brown eyes and weighing about 12 pounds. He is believed to be wearing a navy blue onesie.
The Amber Alert is in effect in Los Angeles, Kern, Kings, Tulare and Fresno counties.
Anyone who sees the vehicle or the suspect is urged to call 911.
Those additional information about the incident can contact Detective Barry of the Sheriff's Department's Major Crimes Bureau at 562-946-7008. Anonymous tips can also be left by calling 800-222-8477.
KTLA's Nidia Becerra contributed to this story.