LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Authorities asked the public Wednesday to be on the lookout for a 15-month-old boy allegedly abducted in Boyle Heights by his father.
Noe Reyna is believed to have been taken by 35-year-old Carlos Reyna, who does not have custody rights, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. They were last seen together around 4 p.m. Tuesday in the 2000 block of East Fourth Street.
The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert for Noe early Wednesday morning for Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.
The LAPD said the family told investigators that the father has ties in Mexico.
Just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, a young boy was found off state Route 76 near Lake Henshaw, northeast of Escondido. Authorities initially believed he was the boy in the AMBER Alert case.
However, it was quickly determined that the boy was not Noe Reyna, and the child had apparently walked away from his home and was found alone by a passerby. He was in good condition and was reunited with his family.
A court issued an order Tuesday for the Department of Children Family Services to take Noe into protective custody, police said. Both parents were in court and were notified of the court order.
The parents were in court on a narcotics-related issue when they lost custody, according to reports from the scene.
DCFS officials went to the parents' home to pick up the boy when they realized he was gone, as well as his father, investigators told reporters at the scene.
Reyna fled with Noe without taking diapers or formula, police said. A Hollenbeck Division officer added that police "feel" the baby is not in danger.
Noe is Hispanic, 2 feet tall, about 35 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a yellow shirt, black shorts with two green stripes and black tennis shoes.
Reyna is Hispanic, 6 feet 2 and 200 pounds, authorities said. He is believed to be wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans, brown boots and is using a red stroller.
Noe's mother is cooperating with authorities, police said. Bloodhounds are aiding in the search for the boy, according to reports from the kidnapping scene.
Anyone who sees Noe or Carlos Reyna or has information regarding their whereabouts is urged to call 911.