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Missing Harbor City Brothers Found Safe After Alleged Kidnapping

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Two missing Harbor City brothers who were allegedly abducted by their non-custodial father have been found, authorities said.

Charles Baines Jr., 10, and Nathaniel James Baines, 9, were turned over to United States Customs and Border Protection agents after a good Samaritan walked the boys to the U.S.-Mexico border at San Ysidro, according to a statement issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.


Charles Samuel Baines Sr. is being sought in connection with the kidnapping of his two sons. (Credit: 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.

Charles Samuel Baines Sr., a wanted parolee who is suspected of abducting the boys on Nov. 17, remained at large and was believed to possibly be in Mexico, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Baines Sr. 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.