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Amber Alert canceled in alleged abduction of 2 boys

Authorities on Friday afternoon Abraham-FernandezLouis-Fernandezcanceled an Amber Alert for two young  Anaheim boys allegedly abducted in a family dispute after the vehicle involved in the incident, a silver Dodge Caravan, was located, a police spokesman said.

However, the search continues for the children and for their father and grandfather, who are suspected of nabbing the youngsters in front of their mother’s house on West Orange Avenue, police said.

Sgt. Rick Martinez, an Anaheim Police Department spokesman, said the Amber Alert was dropped once the vehicle was discovered since such widespread alerts are tied for to specific vehicles. Because of the investigation, he declined to say where the minivan was discovered but said that authorities believe it is a rental vehicle.

Justin Quinones, 2, and Jacob Quinones, 4, allegedly were taken by the boys' biological father and grandfather late Thursday but Martinez said there is no reason to believe the children are in imminent danger. "There is nothing to indicate that," he said.

Police think that the father, Abraham Fernandez, 23, and grandfather, Louis Mendoza Fernandez, 52, who are from Houston, remain somewhere in Southern California with the children.

Martinez warned that anyone who helps to hide them could face felony charges.

-- Larry Gordon

Photos: Louis Mendoza Fernandez, left, and Abraham Fernandez.

Credit: Anaheim Police Department

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Thank God, when I saw this story I automatically assumed the worse, two men abducting two toddlers, you know how that ends in 99% of the cases. I am relieved to know who it was that took them, and given the facts they're presenting it seems doubtful they have a history of violence of abuse against children, this does bring the question up of what goes on around the mother that, a son could convince the grandfather to abduct the children though. God bless them, I hope they're safe where ever they are.

As of noon, October 12, 2010, Amber Alert is still active. It is unclear why the police consider the children in harm's way. They are not releasing information on that or whether the children's mother will be criminally charged for lying to the police about who abducted her children, as she had stated that they were strangers.


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