Mother Sought in Abduction of Son From Foster Home - NBC Southern California

Mother Sought in Abduction of Son From Foster Home

The mother allegedly threatened to harm the child if the foster mother did not give her possession of her biological son.



    Mother Sought in Abduction of Son From Foster Home
    Pomona Police are looking for Juana Maria Corrigan, 21, who allegedly abducted her 4-year-old son Joshua from his foster home on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

    Pomona Police are looking for a woman who allegedly abducted her 4-year-old son from his foster home Tuesday.

    Juana Maria Corrigan, 21, lost her parental rights last year when she abandoned her 4-year-old son Joshua Saul Corrigan and fled to Mexico, according to Pomona Police.

    "Apparently within the last couple of years she's had some narcotics issues and she was going through the court systems, some type of rehab, (then) stopped going to rehab and fled to Mexico and abandoned her child here in the states," said Lt. Mike Keltner.

    Police hvae contacted federal and state agencies to warn them Corrigan may again be headed toward the Mexico border. 

    Corrigan allegedly went to the Pomona home of the foster mother who was caring for Joshua and told her that she had a social worker's permission to take the child.

    The foster mother refused, but Corrigan then threatened to harm the child if she did not give him to her, according to police. Police say the foster mother “reluctantly released the child to the suspect” after Corrigan made the threats.

    Authorities have not issued an Amber Alert in the case because it is unknown if Corrigan fled in a vehicle, so there is no car description.

    "We don't know if the kid is in danger," Kelner said. "There's always the possibility becuase we don't the mother's state of mind and if she's still using any drugs."

    Corrigan is related to the foster mother. Corrigan “refuses” to contact the foster mother or any family members, police said.

    Corrigan was reportedly evicted from her San Ysidro home earlier this month. 

    Joshua is 45 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a blue t-shirt, white shorts and boots at the time of the abduction. 

    Corrigan is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. 

    Corrigan and the 4-year-old boy’s whereabouts are unknown, and Pomona Police are asking anyone with information to call 911 or the Pomona Police Department at 909-622-1241.

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