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Merced CHP Quickly Nabs Man Accused of Child Abduction



Merced CHP officers quickly found a 3-month-old baby allegedly abducted from Calaveras County on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. (Shutterstock)
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Fast-acting officers with the Merced division of the California Highway Patrol found a missing 3-month-old baby and arrested the alleged abductor on Sunday afternoon.

Responding to a report from a parent in Calaveras County, officers aided by Merced sheriff’s deputies located a black Toyota Tacoma driven by suspect Anthony James Lee, 34, of Angels Camp less than two hours later.

The officers then stopped the truck at a gas station near Highway 99 and the Applegate Road exit. Officers found the baby in good condition in the back seat. Authorities then contacted Calaveras County Child Protective Services, which took custody of the child.

Lee was arrested without incident and booked into Merced County Jail, according to the CHP.

The Merced Sun-Star reported that a woman also was in the truck and, according to CHP officer Eric Zuniga, she was unaware of the alleged abduction.

Lee faces a felony charge of endangering a child and a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. His bond is $10,000.


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