5-year-old allegedly abducted by parents in L.A. County in 2009 found safe in New Orleans
A 5-year-old boy snatched from a Carson day-care center in an alleged parental aduction two years ago has been reunited with his grandparents after being found malnourished but unhurt in New Orleans, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Tuesday.
Shalomiel Sol-El was adjusting to life back in Los Angeles after his father, Ausar Allah-El, and mother, Serenity Sol-El, were arrested Friday by New Orleans police and U.S. marshals on suspicion of child abduction, said Capt. Mike Parker of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.
The boy was in the custody of his maternal grandparents when he was taken in April 2009 during a court-appointed visitation at a child-care center in Carson.
L.A. County child welfare authorities had determined that while he was in the custody of his parents, Shalomiel "was suffering from numerous medical conditions that could have been prevented with the proper care and medication."
Then the boy vanished. For almost two years, authorities searched to no avail.
Last month, a National Park Service police officer in New Orleans saw Allah-El, the boy's father, panhandling, talking on a cellphone and acting suspiciously.
The officer questioned the man and checked his background for any criminal history.
The check revealed that he was wanted in Los Angeles on suspicion of child abduction. With assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, L.A. County detectives were contacted.
-- Andrew Blankstein