Couple allegedly kidnaps Selma baby plans to head to Vegas, police say


A baby boy from Selma was found safe Tuesday morning, after police said the mother’s estranged boyfriend and his new girlfriend kidnapped him. 

The two people charged in the kidnapping are 29-year-old Michael Flores and 41-year-old Carmen Morales both from Fresno. 

Police said Flores took the baby from his Selma home and the suspects were on their way out of town when they were spotted. 

“This was a legitimate kidnapping that would have ended tragically had we not been able to locate the child when we did,” Greg Garner Selma’s chief of police said. 

He said they received a call from the child’s mother around 9 p.m. Monday, saying her 6-month-old baby boy had been kidnapped.  

Police said Flores who is not the child’s father, went to the mother’s house to possibly reconcile. Garner said he eventually took the baby when she was distracted.

“Time is precious. Time is precious so you want to make the best of it that you can,” Det. Richard Figueroa who worked the case said. 

Figueroa worked through the night, and eventually located the suspects in a car on Blackstone and Dakota in Fresno Tuesday morning. 

Flores and Morales were taken into custody after police boxed them in in a nearby McDonald’s parking lot. 

“We also located the 6-month-old baby in a car seat inside the vehicle unharmed,” Garner said. 

Police also found suitcases and clothing inside the car. Authorities said the suspects said they were heading to Las Vegas.

“Their intent was obvious. They were planning on keeping that child,” Garner said. 

Figueroa said if they had not found Flores and Morales when they did, they likely never would have. 

“It’s a good feeling, and hopefully — I don’t want to see more — but if I do, I just want the outcome to be this way,” Figueroa said. 

The baby is now back home safe with his mother. Police are still working to find out the motive behind the kidnapping. 

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April 29 2021 12:00 am

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