Skip to main content

4-year-old boy returned safely after being taken by non-custodial father

  • Author:
  • Updated:

A child who was taken by his non-custodial father last week has been returned safely.

The 4-year-old boy's father returned the child early Monday, a news release from the Maplewood Police Department says, after he learned police were investigating him.

Police asked for the public's help in locating the boy Sunday night after getting a report from the boy's mother, who said the boy's father was supposed to bring him to a friend's house on Thursday but they never showed up.

Neither the child or his father had been seen or heard from until early Monday morning, police said.

“We take these cases very seriously,” Lt. Kerry Crotty said in the release. “When the non-custodial parent is supposed to take the child for a few hours and is instead gone for days, there is reason for concern. We’re glad the child is safely home."

The father wasn't taken into custody, but police continue to investigate the incident to figure out what the father's intentions were and where they've been since Thursday.

Officials plan to present their case to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office in the coming days, which will consider potential charges against the father.

Next Up

Pixabay - casino slot machines

Canadian man pleads guilty to sexually abusing children at MN casino

Brady John Hillis, 32, pleaded guilty two counts of abusive sexual contact with a child under 12.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Exchange of shoes sold online results in theft, shots fired

The victim had initially arranged to sell a pair of shoes to the suspect on an online marketplace.

plow, snowplow, snow

Michigan beats Minnesota to 'Betty Whiteout' snowplow nickname

There is one BIG difference between the Michigan and Minnesota snowplow contests.

kacey musgraves

Kacey Musgraves gives shoutout to Minneapolis vintage store

The country music star was in the Twin Cities kicking off her latest tour.

Anthony Edwards

Ant ejected, Wolves blow huge lead and lose to slumping Hawks

The Timberwolves missed another opportunity to get over .500.

Xcel Energy Center

NHL announces make-up dates for Wild postponements

The Wild will play 40 games in the final 77 days of the regular season.

the mayo clinic - edit

Group says Mayo should be 'severely punished' over research puppy's death

The puppy died two days after undergoing a procedure at a Mayo research facility.

FLickr - minneapolis police - Tony Webster - Feb 2020 - crop

Charges: Man kidnapped woman, sexually assaulted her at gunpoint

The suspect faces three separate felony charges.

mn state capitol january 17 2021

St. Cloud 'Boogaloo Boi' who discussed attack on MN Capitol gets 2 years

He was charged with illegally possessing a machine gun.

Chris Smith

Gophers add All-Ivy League D-tackle from Harvard

Chris Smith will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer.

school bus

High school basketball team returns from game to find bus driver dead

Members of the girls team returned to the bus to find the driver unresponsive.


police lights

6-year-old safe after being taken with stolen vehicle in St. Paul

It happened a day after a 1-year-old was taken in a similar incident in Minneapolis.