San Diego

4 Children Located, Father Surrenders After Suspected Kidnapping From Murphy Canyon Home


A father along with his four young children, who he was accused of taking without permission, have been located after an overnight search, San Diego police said.

The search started at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday after the father who does not have custodial rights took his children -- ages 3, 6, 7, and 9 -- from military housing in a Murphy Canyon neighborhood off Santo and Tierrasanta roads, San Diego police said.

The search led law enforcement officers to the South Bay Friday morning. The father and children were holed up inside an apartment in National City, police said. A friend of the father showed up and helped with negotiations and was able to get him out peacefully. The father then turned over the four children to police.

He faces child stealing and burglary charges.

The children were reunited with their mother and there was no further word on their condition.

An amber alert was never issued for the incident.

No other information was immediately available.

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