Amber Alert Canceled After Father, 18-Month-Old Child Found in Chula Vista
An Amber Alert issued in the Los Angeles area late Thursday night was canceled early Friday morning after the father being sought by authorities was found in Chula Vista with his 18-month-old child.
John Jose, 30, was discovered about 1 a.m. and was cooperative when told to turn his child over to authorities, a watch commander for the Chula Vista Police Department said.
Investigators said Jose and his wife are going through a bad divorce but they don’t believe the father was trying to kidnap the child.
Jose was served a restraining order, according to the watch commander.
The mother was reunited with her child later Friday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department stated.
Authorities issued the Amber Alert after Jose allegedly took the child from the 9500 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Pacoima without the mother’s consent.
Authorities were notified of the disappearance about 3:30 p.m. and the Amber Alert was issued shortly before 11:30 p.m.
Police were told Jose threatened to take the child out of California and was suicidal.
In their initial news release, the LAPD identified the child as an 18-month-old boy but have given conflicting information about the child’s gender in subsequent updates.