The Latest: New Mexico father who abducted son surrenders

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Posted: Jan 03, 2017 5:19 PM
The Latest: New Mexico father who abducted son surrenders

LA MESA, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the search for a New Mexico father who abducted his son (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

Authorities say a 23-year-old father who was wanted after abducting his 2-year-old son has surrendered.

Dona Ana County sheriff's deputies say Sergio Guadalupe Jacquez turned himself in at the main station Tuesday afternoon. He was accompanied by his attorney, and authorities said he was cooperating with investigators.

Authorities planned to book him on charges of arson, aggravated burglary, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, child abuse and battery.

Jacquez was accused of fleeing with the toddler after allegedly beating the child's grandfather and torching his mobile home.

Monday night's incident triggered an Amber Alert, but the boy was later left unharmed with his paternal grandmother in southern New Mexico.

Authorities initially suspected that Jacques may have fled to Mexico.

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2:45 a.m.

A 2-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert when his father fled with him after allegedly beating the child's grandfather and torching his mobile home has been found unharmed.

Authorities say Ethan Jacquez was left Monday evening with his paternal grandmother in southeastern New Mexico.

Officials in Dona Ana County say his 23-year-old father, Sergio Guadalupe Jacquez, is wanted on a variety of charges and has fled into Mexico.

Sheriff's officials say Jacquez went to the La Mesa mobile home of his girlfriend's parents Monday afternoon demanding to take the toddler.

When the child's grandfather refused, they say Jacquez allegedly beat him, set fire to the residence and left with the child in a stolen pickup.

The home was destroyed but the grandparents weren't injured.

Jacquez faces charges that include arson, battery, and abuse of a child.