MIAMI – The Miami-Dade Police Department says Jorge “Jojo” Morales, the autistic boy from Homestead who was reportedly kidnapped by his non-custodial father, has been found in Canada.
Jorge Gabriel Morales and Lilliam Peña Morales were taken into custody by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The boy was found safe and sound.
Director Freddy Ramirez said, “This is another example of how local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies, as well as the US and State Attorney’s Offices, are coming together to keep a child safe and will continue to work together to fight a greater evil.”
CBS4 first reported in September that the child was missing with her father and paternal grandmother.
According to investigators, Jojo was taken in by his paternal grandmother in accordance with a time-sharing court order. The father did not return it, violating the court order, and the child’s mother turned to the police with a statement about the incident.
Disappearance detectives received a report and began an investigation. A missing person’s alert was issued and investigators began looking for any clues in an attempt to locate the father and child. An arrest warrant was later issued for Jorge Gabriel Morales’ father.
More details will follow.