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

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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.

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