Kidnapped Boyle Heights Toddler Found in Texas

The 2-year-old was taken by his non-custodial father in May.

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    Two-year-old Edwin Vargas was found safe in Texas, officials said August 22, 2014. The toddler was apparently kidnapped by his non-custodial father outside of the boy's mother's Boyle Heights apartment in May, triggering a statewide Amber Alert.

    A 2-year-old Boyle Heights boy who was kidnapped by his non-custodial father in May, triggering a statewide Amber Alert, has been found, officials said Friday.

    Abraham Vargas, the father of Edwin Vargas, was arrested Thursday night in Texas and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

    Edwin Vargas is currently in protective custody with the Texas Department of Children’s Services.

    Abraham Vargas, 26, allegedly took the boy from the toddler’s mother, his ex-girlfriend, police said when he was kidnapped May 23.

    The kidnapping happened while the mother was loading her son into her car in front of her apartment complex around 6:30 a.m. The boy’s mother had a restraining order against Abraham Vargas at the time of the abduction.

    Vargas allegedly "came out of nowhere" and pushed his former girlfriend to the ground, officials said at the time.

    Vargas had threatened several times before to take the little boy to Veracruz, Mexico after the couple broke up, the toddler's mother told police.

    In June, a $50,000 reward was offered by the City of Los Angeles for the safe return of the boy.

    During a press conference to announce the reward, LAPD officials also said Vargas was under investigation for possibly unlawful sex with a minor in a separate incident.

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