Missing 2-year-old found safe in Escondido

ESCONDIDO, Calif. - A 2-year-old boy who went missing was found safe just after midnight Monday in Escondido.

The child was found with 35-year-old Donnell Haynes, a transient, who had been babysitting him. He was in good condition and was not harmed. Haynes was taken into custody on a prior felony warrant.

According to Escondido police, Haynes was babysitting the boy at residence at 1630 Riva Ln., near Washington Park. At some point, Haynes got into an argument at the residence and was asked to leave. He left with the boy.

When the mother returned home to find her son and Donnell missing, she allegedly searched for them for several hours before contacting authorities at about 6 p.m.

San Diego Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue units were eventually called in, and a command post was set up at the intersection of North Rose Street and East Washington Avenue.

At 12:08 a.m., a citizen called 911 after spotting the two near the intersection of East Lincoln Avenue and North Fig Street. Officers responded and found them both there.

Haynes was taken into custody on a prior felony warrant. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on charges of petty theft and carrying a concealed dirk or dagger. His bail was set at $50,000.

The boy was reunited with his mother, who told 10News that she has known Donnell since childhood, and refers to him as family. Escondido police said that there was never concern that Donnell would harm the child. However, because was a transient, they were unsure if he would be able to properly care for him.

"He probably wasn't thinking much about it, he wasn't taking it as serious as it was," said Tiara Jenkins, the boy's mother. "But this is my child, and my child is very serious to me."

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