Woman arrested for kidnapping
A 3-year-old boy from California is safe and back in the hands of his father after his mother was picked up on parental kidnapping charges on Thursday, according to Magdalena Marshal Larry Cearley.
Another man who was with the mother was also arrested on a parole violation for weapons manufacturing out of California.
Cearley said Angelicia Vanegas-Valdelamar, 18, and her companion, Fabian Somersall, 20, were arrested at a home on Kelly Road in Magdalena about 4:15 p.m. Thursday. They were booked into the Socorro County Detention Center and are being held on $100,000 bond awaiting an extradition hearing.
Cearley said he was alerted to the whereabouts of the suspects Thursday morning.
“I got a call about 8:30 from the Santa Rosa (Calif.) D.A. who asked for help in locating a male subject and a female with her 3-year-old son,” he said. “They had been able to identify her location from text messages and cellphone calls. She was texting the D.A.’s office in California saying ‘you’ll never catch me,’ but we were able to pinpoint the location through the cellphone.”
Cearley said he enlisted the help of Kenny Gonzales, a former Socorro County Sheriff’s Department deputy, who volunteered to watch the house for a couple of hours. The home belonged to relatives of Somersall.
“Kenny observed them outside smoking and the child came outside and was playing with a dog. We just drove up to the house and they were arrested without incident,” Cearley said.
State Police Officer Steve Carter made the arrest, Cearley said, and filed a fugitive complaint on both subjects.
The Marshal said that the boy’s father flew in from California late Thursday and picked up the boy about 10 p.m.
According to documents provided by Cearley from Sonoma County Superior Court, Vanegas-Valdelamar began a relationship with Daniel Mendez-Estrada when they were both 15-years-old, which resulted in the birth of the boy. The couple initially lived together in the home of the father’s parents. The couple broke up when the child was 1-year-old and Vanegas-Valdelamar moved back in with her mother.
The couple shared custody of the child, but after a while Mendez-Estrada contacted authorities because he was allegedly being denied visitation and she was no longer responding to his phone calls and text messages.
Mendez-Estrada told investigators that he hadn’t seen his son since Jan. 9 and he wanted to return to court to obtain full legal custody with Vanegas-Valdelamar having visitation rights.
A Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office investigator got into contact with Vanegas-Valdelamar on several occasions earlier this year. On Jan. 31, Vanegas-Valdelamar contacted the investigator and told him that she was in Albuquerque, the child was OK and that she planned to return to California for a custody hearing in March.
On Feb. 3, the investigator signed papers declaring that he believed that there was a risk that Vanegas-Valdelamar “might further abduct and conceal” the child if she received notice of a custody hearing. He asked the Sonoma County D.A.’s Child Abduction Unit to grant temporary and legal custody to the father.
On the same date, a Superior Court judge signed off on an order to locate and return the boy to California. The judge also issued a protective custody warrant to have the boy returned to the Child Protective Services Agency or his father.
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