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LAPD seeks parents who fled to Mexico with 11-month-old son instead of turning him over to social services

October 29, 2010 | 11:44 pm

Police believe the parents of an 11-month-old boy have fled Los Angeles for Mexico with their son after being ordered to turn him over to the Department of Children and Family Services earlier this month.

“It was mainly because there was some concern about his welfare and safety in the home,” said LAPD Officer Karen Rayner but she would not elaborate on those concerns.

Although the boy, Yahir Martinez, was allowed to remain in the home with his parents, Yajaira Contreras, 18, and Nahun Martinez, 45, the couple was expected to appear in court for an evaluation and a hearing on Oct. 18.

“They failed to show up so the judge automatically awarded DCFS custody,” said Rayner. Authorities “tried multiple times to get in touch with them on the phone” without success, said Rayner.

When DCFS authorities showed up at the family’s Reseda home, they were gone. “We had information from the area that they hadn’t been seen since Oct. 13,” Rayner said.

The LAPD was notified of the situation Friday, Rayner said.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Yahir, Yajaira or Nahum is asked to contact the Department of Children and Family Services at (818) 717-4046 or West Valley Juvenile Detectives at (818) 374-7730. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS ([800] 222-8477).

Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

-- Carla Hall