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October 4, 2013

Child initially reported abducted found in Weatherford with his mother

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A boy initially believed to have been abducted by an unknown person in Westworth Village, a municipality in west Fort Worth, was found unharmed Thursday evening at a Weatherford gas station.

The Weatherford Police Department and the Parker County Sheriff’s Office were among various regional agencies involved in the search for the 4-year-old boy, reported taken from the 5800 block of Coleman Street in Westworth Village shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday.

The boy’s 6-year-old cousin reported the child was taken by a person she did not recognize who was driving a blue truck as they played outside, Westworth Police Detective Darren Clark said.

During the 911 call, police were reportedly told that a woman exited a truck, made a comment to the boy, grabbed him and placed him inside the truck before driving away.

The boy’s father had been reported missing from the same address the night before, according to police.

Police immediately requested assistance from the Major Case Investigation Team, a team of investigators from six counties coordinated by the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, and the Northeast Tarrant Child Abduction Response Team.

A short time later, police received a call from a woman identifying herself as the boy’s mother who said she understood investigators were looking for her.

However, the woman reportedly refused to say where she was or go to a police station with the child.

Around 7:45 p.m., with the assistance of the Weatherford Police Department and the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, the child was found in the vehicle at a gas station near East Bankhead Highway and Interstate 20 in Weatherford.

The boy was unharmed, and Child Protective Services was brought in, according to police.

The investigation is continuing, Clark said, though no kidnapping charges are expected to be filed.

Police did not release the names of the woman or boy Friday afternoon.

The boy’s father has not been located.

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