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Amber Alert Out of Lake Elsinore Canceled After Child Rescued, Suspect Arrested

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The CHP canceled an Amber Alert issued Monday throughout Southern California for a 2-year-old abducted by his father in Lake Elsinore.

The Amber Alert was issued in Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Imperial and San Bernardino Counties on behalf of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) at around 6 p.m. Monday.

The CHP canceled the alert at around 6 p.m. Tuesday, saying the child had been located safely. The suspect, Celestine Stoot Jr., was taken into custody, the CHP said.

Stoot Jr. is the 2-year-old's father, and a suspect in the killing of the boy's mother, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said.

The mother, identified as 43-year-old Natasha Denise Barlow of San Jacinto, was found dead Monday. According to sheriff's Sgt. Deanna Pecoraro, the attack happened sometime Monday afternoon at a residence in the 17000 block of Hayes Avenue in Lake Elsinore.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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