FBI Looking for Kidnapped 16-month-old Child Allegedly Taken to Mexico From LA County

The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 16-month-old toddler who was allegedly abducted by his biological mother, who does not have custody of him. The kid may have been transferred to Mexico, according to the authorities.

Brigette Benítez, 31, was identified as the mother, and Miguel Eduardo Zúñiga Medina Jr., his biological son, was identified.

The child was last seen in the vicinity of the 500 block of Grand Avenue in Walnut on February 6, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Benitez allegedly took him up and has yet to return him to her legal guardian.

As per the FBI statement, “Benitez, who does not have custody of Medina Jr., is believed to have taken him to Mexico after failing to return him to the foster parent where the Department of Children and Family Services had placed him.”

The kid was meant to be returned to his legal guardian “following an unsupervised visit,” according to the FBI.

Benitez and Medina Jr. were last seen in a black 2021 Toyota Camry with the California registration plate 8WAS968.

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Given the possibility that the child is in Aguascalientes, Mexico, with his mother, the FBI on Thursday obtained an international federal arrest warrant for Benítez.

FBI Looking for Kidnapped 16-month-old Child Allegedly Taken to Mexico From LA County

The criminal complaint was filed in the United States District Court located in Los Angeles, and it accused the woman of “international kidnapping.”

The lawsuit alleges that Benitez “intentionally obstructed the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), which has legal and physical custody of Medina Jr.,” according to the FBI.

Anyone with information is requested to call the FBI or their nearest consulate or to visit www.tips.fbi.gov.

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