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3-month-old child kidnapped while grandma was unloading groceries in California, police say


Video posted on Monday shows what authorities said was a man walking down a Northern California street with a baby carrier after allegedly abducting a 3-month-old boy from his family’s apartment.

The man reportedly entered the home just north of downtown San Jose shortly after 1 p.m. and left with Brandon Cuellar, a San Jose police spokesman, Sgt. Christian Camarillo, told reporters.

The boy’s grandmother watched the baby while his mother was at work, Camarillo said. The grandmother had come home from a grocery trip with Brandon and brought him to the apartment, Camarillo said.

Brandon Cuellar, 3 months.@SJPD_PIO via Twitter

She left the boy for about two minutes to get groceries from the car, Camarillo said.

“Within that short period of time, someone entered the apartment” and left with the child, Camarillo said.

“Today someone is walking around with a 3-month-old baby he didn’t have yesterday,” he added.

The boy’s family did not recognize the man, who was captured on security camera carrying what authorities described as a baby carrier with a white blanket on it.

Camarillo said it was unclear if the man brought the carrier or if it belonged to the family.

The baby carrier is black in color with a white cover.

Brandon wore a long-sleeved white jumpsuit with dinosaurs on it, the police department said.

Camarillo said members of an FBI child abduction team were assisting in the search for the boy.

In a later update posted on Twitterthe San Jose Police Department said officers and FBI agents were going door-to-door in the area in an effort to track down witnesses or any other information related to the case.

“All available resources are helping with this investigation,” he said, adding, “We need the help of the community, please keep retweets.”

The department also shared several hotline numbers for any advice. He said a cash reward would be offered for any information “that leads us to find this baby”.

An Amber Alert was not immediately issued in the case.

San Jose police said in a statement that they do not yet have a vehicle description or license plate. “Once we have this information, an Amber Alert will be activated,” the department said.



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