Officials Capture Parolee Accused of Abducting Boys

The boys were found Saturday in San Ysidro and returned to their grandmother

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    Los Angeles Sheriff's Dept.
    Charles Baines was sought for allegedly abducting his sons. He has a distinct facial tattoo on his left cheek that says "drug cartel."

    Two boys, reported missing from the Los Angeles area, have been found safe in San Diego County, according to LA Sheriff’s officials.

    Officials said the boys, ages 9 and 10, were abducted from Harbor City the day before Thanksgiving. The prime suspect was the boys' father, 36-year-old Charles Samuel Baines, Sr.

    Baines was on parole and did not have custody of the children.

    On Saturday, a Good Samaritan brought the boys to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at the San Ysidro port of entry, according to LASD. The boys were unharmed and returned to their grandmother in Harbor City.

    A wanted bulletin was issued for Baines and a vehicle officials said was stolen from a family member's home.

    On Sunday, Baines was turned over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers by Mexican authorities. He was booked into the Vista County Jail.

    Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department took custody of the children and returned them to their grandmother. Officials said the boys were upset but physically unharmed.


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