The 15-month-old Boyle Heights boy who was reported missing in an Amber Alert last week, when he was allegedly abducted by his father, has been safely found in Mexico, Los Angeles Police Department officials said Sunday.
Noe Reyna first went missing on Nov. 14 and LAPD officials previously said they believed the toddler was with his father, 35-year-old Carlos “Ivan” Reyna, in Mexico. On Sunday, officials confirmed the boy was located by officials from the Department of Homeland Security in Mexico and said he was safely found.
His uncle was given instructions by authorities to bring him back into the U.S., LAPD Capt. Ruby Flores said during a news conference. She said the young boy seemed “well taken care of” and his mother will soon be interviewed by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services, or DCFS.
Meanwhile, his father is expected to faces charges, which the LAPD will recommend to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Flores said. However, she said she was not aware of any charges currently being brought against the boy’s mother.
The search was launched after officials from DCFS failed to pick up the toddler at his family’s residence in the 2200 block of East Fourth Street, officials previously said.
“DCFS was at the residence to take the child away due to narcotics issues,” Detective Steven Juarez said at the time. “At this point, the mother is very cooperative; however, she cannot help us in locating the father.”
Later, police learned Noe was likely with his father in Mexico, and Detective Liliana Preciado said the LAPD was working to get the toddler back to his home in the U.S.
“We believe that he has reached out to his family, and we want to put the word out to see if he can please come back to the United States and bring back Noe,” Preciado said.