Abducted 2-year-old boy found, abductor sought | #missingkids

OAKLAND — A 2-year-old boy abducted by a family friend Tuesday night was found Thursday morning, authorities said.

The woman suspected of abducting him is still being sought.

Two-year-old kidnap victim Michael Hamilton has been found and police are still seeking the woman who abducted him. (Courtesy of Oakland Police Department) 

The boy, Michael Hamilton, was brought to the Eastmont police substation around 9 a.m. Thursday by someone, but police did not say who.

Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said Michael appeared in good health but will be evaluated.

“Investigators are still working on the exact details of who dropped him off,” the chief said. Armstrong credited Oakland officers for working “tirelessly” overnight. “There was a relentless effort. We are happy this had the best case scenario, the best ending we could hope for, to find this young child in great condition.”

Armstrong said : “This was a message to anyone who would seek to kidnap a child in our community. The Oakland Police Department will relentlessly follow up. We are going to immediately get on the ground and go all hands on board to try and find that child as fast as we can. We know that the sooner you can find a child, the more likely you can bring that child safely back.”

The female suspect is still being sought, and she is possibly driving the vehicle she abducted him, a rented 2021 Nissan Versa, 4-door, black, with a California license plate of 8TYX914.

A guardian had reported Michael missing about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday and a statewide Amber Alert was issued.

The guardian told police that on Tuesday about 8 p.m. Michael was in the care of his aunt and was seated in the rear passenger’s seat of the rental vehicle.

Police were told a friend of the aunt named “Tanisha” was also in the vehicle when they made a stop in the area of East 27th Street and Fruitvale Avenue. The aunt left the vehicle to go into a store when “Tanisha” drove away with Michael still seated in the rear seat.

“Tanisha” is described as Black, between the ages of 30 to and 35, 5-feet tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds, with acne on her cheeks. She was last seen wearing a blonde wig with ponytails, black jacket, black pants, and rings on all her fingers.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at 510- 238-3641.

Check back for updates.

Staff writer David DeBolt contributed to this report.


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