2 Child Protective Services' Employees Placed on Administrative Leave Pending Investigation into 2-Month Old's Kidnapping - NBC 7 San Diego

2 Child Protective Services' Employees Placed on Administrative Leave Pending Investigation into 2-Month Old's Kidnapping

The baby boy is currently being held in a foster home in Mazatlán, Mexico

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    2 CPS Employees on Leave After Kidnapped Baby Found Safe

    NBC 7 Investigates reporter Mari Payton heard from a spokesperson with San Diego County who says that two employees involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave and that the county is still investigating the kidnapping. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016)

    Two Child Protective Services' (CPS) employees were placed on administrative leave after a 2-month old baby was kidnapped by his mother and taken to Mexico, a spokesperson with San Diego County confirmed with NBC 7.

    Baby Maximus Garcia was taken by his 36-year old mother Erika Ramos Saucedo last Tuesday. The 2-month old had been dropped off at the South Bay Womens Recovery Center in National City by a CPS employee for a supervised visit.

    But the baby was left alone with Saucedo, according to the National City Police Department (NCPD).

    In that span of time, Saucedo took Maximus and fled to Mexico via the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

    According to police, CPS reported the kidnapping to the NCPD at 11:53 a.m. Tuesday, more than two hours after Maximus was taken.

    After a three-day search, the baby's father, received a tip from Facebook from one of Saucedo's ex-boyfriends, which led authorities to both the mother and son.

    Documents from Child Protective Services regarding Ramos also show the agency was worried that Saucedo would flee with her child based on past behavior. She also has a long list of domestic violence cases against her.

    NBC 7 spoke with the boy's biological father, Jose Garcia, on Tuesday. He told us he has seen Maximus but its unclear, at this point, whom the baby will be released to.

    The baby boy is currently being held in a foster home in Mazatlán, Mexico.

    In an interview last week, Garcia said he was angry that the employee left his son alone with Saucedo when it was supposed to be a supervised visit.

    The county is now "investigating the incident" to find out exactly how the baby was kidnapped.