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8-Year-Old Boy Found Safe After Going Missing With Non-Custodial Mother

An 8-year-old boy who went missing with his non-custodial mother, launching a search after he was taken from his elementary school in Carson, has been found safe, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Thursday. 

Dylan Kostenko was last seen Tuesday at Towne Avenue Elementary School at 18924 Towne Ave. before he was found safe by authorities Thursday.

The boy's mother was also in custody.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the boy's mother was with her boyfriend at a hotel when they saw the police news conference on TV. The boyfriend walked the child to a nearby police station. The boy's mother was found in the area by deputies shortly thereafter.

The search began Tuesday when Kostenko's foster mother arrived about 2:40 p.m. and was informed by school personnel that he had already been picked up by his biological mother, 29-year-old Dariia Kostenko, who lost custody of Dylan last May for undisclosed reasons, according to the sheriff's department.

A court order allowed only monitored visitation and forbade the woman from picking the boy up at school, sheriff's officials said. Dylan and Kostenko were last seen walking north from the school in a residential area. The boy was wearing blue jean shorts and a black T-shirt with an image of a dog on it and the phrase "Dab All Day."

It is unclear if the boys' mother will face charges. 

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