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Abducted San Jacinto boy found unharmed; father arrested

RivboyA 5-year-old San Jacinto boy abducted from a caregiver's home late Thursday was found unharmed in Idyllwild and his father was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, San Jacinto police said late Friday afternoon.

Domenic Smith was headed to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's Hemet station to be reunited with his mother, said Deputy Albert Martinez.

Authorities put out an Amber Alert for the boy after his father, Anthony Smith-Dixon, 25, took him from the San Jacinto home where he was being cared for at 10:37 p.m. Thursday. The sheriff's office said the boy's mother had been granted a restraining order against Smith-Dixon for fear he would try to do harm to her or their child.

A gas station owner in Idyllwild spotted Smith-Dixon with Domenic in the gold four-door Saturn described in the Amber Alert and called San Jacinto police at 2:40 p.m., Martinez said.

A California Highway Patrol unit was dispatched to intercept the car. The boy was recovered safely and his father arrested.


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Photo: Domenic Smith

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