COCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) - A 3-week-old boy who was taken in Coconut Creek has been found safe and reunited with his mother while his teenage father has been taken into custody, police said.
According to Coconut Creek Police, 3-week-old Joshua Pachon Quinteron and his father, Jonathan Garcia, were located in Apopka, just outside of Orlando, Monday night, hours after an AMBER Alert was issued for the child.
The infant was reunited with his mother just before 9 a.m., Tuesday.
Police said Garcia, 17, forcibly took the newborn from the child’s mother, Laura Pachon, as she arrived home, Monday afternoon.
The baby’s grandmother said Garcia surprised Pachon outside their apartment as she parked, pushed her down, grabbed the baby from his car seat by the feet and took off with him. The mother added that the infant fell to the ground during the alleged abduction.
“We cried for help, and no one would help,” said Pachon Quinteron’s grandmother through a translator.
Witnesses told police Garcia was seen hitting and shaking the child as he was running from the scene.
Pachon said Garcia even sent her a picture of the baby sometime during the day.
According to the family, Garcia threatened to take off to Mexico.
Investigators determined Garcia took an Uber with the child to Oakland Park. He had been last seen getting out of the Uber with the child near the intersection of Northeast 10th Avenue and Northeast 38th Street in Oakland Park.
Around 9:20 p.m., police confirmed Garcia was captured in Apopka, and the baby seemed to be doing OK.
Investigators said they were able to trace the suspect to a residence and took him into custody.
The infant was checked out at a local hospital as a precaution.
Garcia is currently being held at the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center and is facing multiple charges including kidnapping, child endangerment and domestic battery.
A bruised and injured Pachon spoke with 7News after returning home on Tuesday morning and said she is scared for the future.
“I feel bad because I’m scared because since he’s a minor, he’s not 18 yet, they can bond him out,” she said. “I need help, so they don’t let him out. He’s crazy. He can come back and take my baby. I’m so scared.”
It remains unclear if Garcia will be extradited back to South Florida, as it is a decision that would have to be made by the State Attorney for Orange and Osceola County.
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