SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The mother who reported her 3-year-old son missing in Linda Vista Tuesday morning has been arrested.
According to police, Maria Flores was arrested for filing a false police report.
Flores reported her son, Kevin Serrano, missing from a home in the 2500 block of Ulrich St. just after 10 a.m., according to San Diego Police.
At 3:00 p.m., police reported the boy was found unharmed in the 7500 block of Mesa College Drive. Officers said the child's caregiver called them and said he had been dropped off in the morning.
Flores told police that Kevin was last seen at home.
Police deployed officers on foot, patrolling on motorcycles, and air resources to help search for Serrano.
“This is highly unusual. We’re taking this extremely seriously," police said during a press conference. "The door was unlocked and closed, according to the mom ... The clock is ticking for us, we’re extremely worried."
Volunteers huddle around a map as they search for a missing 3-year-old in Linda Vista. Police are combing the area. Live update on @10News at 4. pic.twitter.com/vuIknKaRT4
Search and rescue teams with Southwest Search Dogs also looked for Kevin. The non-profit group organizes teams of two people per dog. The dogs are trained to find any human scent in an area, according to the SWSD website. They also clear possible locations.