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November 30, 2006 permalink
Here is an apparently successful escape from child protectors in California.
Suspect sought in child seizure
ABDUCTION: Authorities think the boy's father is going to southern Mexico with the 10-month-old.
10:00 PM PST on Thursday, November 30, 2006
PEDLEY - Riverside County Sheriff's Department officials are searching for a Perris man suspected of abducting his 10-month-old son from a Pedley foster-care facility Tuesday evening.
Liborio Cadenas, 21, is believed to be headed to southern Mexico, where his 17-year-old wife, who is the boy's mother, is living, according to a Sheriff's Department statement.
Fidelmar Cadenas is described in the statement as an "at-risk infant," who was removed from parental custody due to felony child neglect and abuse by his mother.
Liborio Cadenas does not have legal custody of the boy but was allowed supervised visits at the Mountain Shadows Special Kids Home on Teasdale Avenue in Pedley.
The abduction took place at about 5:20 p.m., the statement said.
The father's visits with the boy were required to be supervised.
Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Earl Quinata said he could not comment on details of the abduction, citing the ongoing investigation.
"The big puzzle is: Who was watching the guy?" Quinata said.
Wade Wilde, executive director of Mountain Shadows Special Kids Homes, would not comment on the incident except to say it was the first time something like this had happened in the 10 to 12 years the home was in operation.
"We're a little upset about this," he said..
The company has nine homes in the Pedley area and four in Moreno Valley and is licensed to care for children with special medical needs.
Wilde said Fidelmar has ongoing health issues but declined to be more specific.
The sheriff's statement said the boy has a surgery scar on the back of his head and on his left wrist.
Quinata said he did not know if the father had been in touch with the mother or if he was acting on her behalf.
Liborio Cadenas is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, 220 pounds, with a shaved head and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black pullover hooded sweat shirt and black pants.
He is possibly armed with a 9 mm handgun, according to the Sheriff's Department.
He was driving a red 2006, Ford F150 extra-cab truck. The truck has flames around the Ford logo on the tailgate.
The baby is 30 inches tall and weighs about 20 pounds. He was wearing a beige shirt and baby-blue sweat pants with "Pooh" on both pant legs.
Cynthia Marez, regional manager of the central intake center for Riverside County Child Protective Services, declined to comment on any aspect of the case involving the boy's mother or how she lost custody of her child.
Ingrid Wyatt, spokeswoman for the Riverside County district attorney's office, said she could not discuss the case against the mother because she is a minor.
Quinata said the Sheriff's Department has notified Mexican authorities about the abduction and is working with them.
Anyone with information about the missing baby is asked to call Investigator John Negrete at the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at 951-955-2600.