3-month-old kidnapped while grandma unloading groceries in California, police say

Northern California police found a 3-month-old baby who was allegedly kidnapped Monday from her family’s apartment while her grandmother was unloading groceries from her car.

“Baby Brandon has been located. He will be taken to a local hospital for evaluation,” the San Jose Police Department said. announced Tuesday on Twitter.

“Three suspects in custody, charges and additional information to come. Thank you to everyone who helped by sharing the tweets.”

Brandon Cuellar was reportedly abducted from a home on Elm Street, just north of San Jose, shortly after 1 p.m. Video posted on Monday showed what authorities said was a man walking down a street with a baby carrier.

The boy’s grandmother was watching the baby while his mother was at work, said San Jose police spokesman Sgt. Christian Camarillo, told reporters. The grandmother had come home from a grocery trip with Brandon and brought him to the apartment, Camarillo said.

She left the boy for about two minutes to get groceries from the car, Camarillo said.

“Within that short period of time, someone entered the apartment” and left with the child, Camarillo said.

The boy’s family did not recognize the man, who was captured on security camera carrying what authorities described as a baby carrier with a white blanket on it.

Camarillo said it was unclear if the man brought the carrier or if it belonged to the family.

Camarillo said members of an FBI child abduction team were assisting in the search for the boy.

In an update posted on Twitter, San Jose police said officers and FBI agents went door-to-door in the area in an effort to track down witnesses or any other information related to the case.

“All available resources are helping with this investigation,” he said, adding, “We need the help of the community, please keep retweets.”

The department also shared several hotline numbers for any advice.

“We have some of the best detectives in the country. Nobody came home yesterday. Within 24 hours, he was located and three suspects are in custody,” San Jose police said Tuesday. “Thanks FBI. We appreciate all the help.”


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