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3-Month-Old Baby Found Safe in Connecticut After Police Issued Alert

By Zachary Stieber

A Silver Alert has been canceled in Connecticut after a 3-month-old baby was found safe.

The alert was issued on April 8. The Connecticut State Police said that Kevin Diaz, the baby, went missing on April 7.

In an update, the police said that Kevin and his mother were located.

The update was circulated around 11 p.m. on Monday night, reported WTNH.

Kevin’s mother Briana Rivera was also located. Both are doing well, police said. A picture of Kevin was circulated in the original alert but no picture of his mother was made available.

No other information was released.

Silver Alerts are issued by law enforcement agencies for missing people of all ages but are primarily issued for older people or those with disabilities.

Amber Alerts are issued for children if authorities believe the kids are in danger.

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Fernando Marez-Carreas is accused of assaulting the mother of his children and threatened to kill one of them before abducting them. (St. Charles Police Department)

Two Missing Children Found Safe

Two missing Missouri children who were abducted by their father, triggering an Amber Alert, have been found safe, authorities said.

The St. Charles Police Department issued the alert on April 5 for Fernando Marez, 3, and Alexia Marez, 1. Police said they were abducted by Fernando Marez-Carreas, 24.

Marez-Carreas assaulted the mother of the children and threatened to kill one of them before leaving the city with another Hispanic man and woman.

Later on April 5, the children were found safe in Fairmont City, Illinois, after being dropped off at the city’s police station by an unknown woman.

UPDATE: Fernando Marez and Alexia Marez have been located in Fairmount City, IL. We are in the process of reuniting the…

Posted by St. Charles Police Department on Friday, April 5, 2019

“We don’t know at this point what her relationship is to him, the father or the mother,” St. Charles Police Lt. Tom Wilkison told Fox 2.

The children were reunited with their mother.

“It’s the best feeling in the world. I was going crazy without them, not knowing where they were. Just so happy to have them back,” Lizbeth Diaz, the children’s mother, told KMOV.

Officers were still searching for Marez-Carreas, who was described as standing 5’7, wearing a blue T-shirt, black vest, dark blue jeans, and Champion shoes. He has tattoos of the children’s names on his arms and was driving a tan, 4-door SUV with a Missouri or Illinois license plate that includes the sequence “E15.”

“This investigation is very much ongoing, we certainly want to talk about the incident that transpired today and find out everything that happened,” Lt. Wilkison told Fox 2. “Right now everyone has an overwhelming sense of relief that the kids were found so quickly and they are unharmed that’s the main thing they are okay.”

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A police car in a file photo. (Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

Missing Children

There were 464,324 missing children reported in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center in 2017, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Under federal law, when a child is reported missing to law enforcement they must be entered into the database. In 2016, there were 465,676 entries.

“This number represents reports of missing children. That means if a child runs away multiple times in a year, each instance would be entered into NCIC separately and counted in the yearly total. Likewise, if an entry is withdrawn and amended or updated, that would also be reflected in the total,” the center noted.

In 2017, the center said it assisted officers and families with the cases of more than 27,000 missing children. In those cases, 91 percent were endangered runaways, and 5 percent were family abductions.

About one in seven children reported missing to the center in 2017 were likely victims of child sex trafficking.

Nancy McBride, the executive director of Florida Outreach at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said that most of the runaways involve technology. “(Technology) has great benefits and some potential risks,” McBride told USA Today in 2017. “It’s important to stay plugged into their lives.”

Tech is utilized by online predators, McBride said, who exploit gaps when the child’s relationship with their parents isn’t strong.