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Man who kidnapped 4-month-old could be the father, police say

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HANFORD, California (KGPE) – The child, Ameliano Sanchez was found safe and unharmed in Lemoore with suspect 42-year-old Westley Williams.

Hanford Police Captain Karl Anderson said Sanchez’s mother asked for a paternity test.

“Just because you may believe you have rights to a child,” said Anderson. “Doesn’t mean you can take the child from a mother who has custody.

According to police, Monday night baby Sanchez, his mother, and Williams were at a home on Courtney Street in Hanford.

The mother left for 10 minutes to a house next door. Police said the baby was left with one of the mother’s friends, the baby, and Williams.

Police said when the friend went to water the grass, Williams took off with the baby.

Anderson said he was shocked when Williams called the Hanford Police Department asking for clarification of his parental rights.

“After he left he contacted us,” said Anderson. “We went through parental rights and what we needed him to do. We agreed to meet and he agreed to meet us.”

Police said Williams never showed up and turned his phone off.

According to Anderson, Williams was homeless making it difficult to search for him right away.

Officers reached out to neighbors and sent an alert on facebook.

Mr. White who lives on Courtney Street was shocked to hear the news.

“Surpising! And we get up the next day and it’s on the news,” said Anderson. “Hey that is right down the street and so everyone knew about it and everyone is watching. So he wasn’t going far.”

Police said when Williams turned on his phone Wednesday morning, officers were able to track and find him in Lemoore on the 400 block of Barcelona. Baby Sanchez was also found, unharmed.

The baby is in the custody of Child Protective Services and will be released to the mother once he undergoes an evaluation.

Williams was arrested and will face kidnapping charges.

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