RAHWAY, NJ (CBSNew York) – A toddler from Rahway, New Jersey was found in Monterey, Tennessee on Saturday, about 3 hours after police issued an AMBER alert.
Sebastian Rios, two, has been found unharmed and his father, Tyler Rios, 27, of Highland Park, has been arrested, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported.
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The boy’s mother, 24-year-old Yasemin Uyar, is still missing.
Rios reportedly abducted the boy and his mother on Friday.
Police identified Rios as a suspect after Sebastian failed to show up to daycare and Uyar failed to arrive for his scheduled shift at work.
Officers conducted a welfare check at Uyar’s home on Westfield Avenue in Rahway, where neighbors told CBS2 that she and Sebastian lived.
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AMBER alert notifications were sent around 2:40 p.m. Friday after police could not find anyone at the house.
Rios remains in detention in Tennessee and awaits his extradition to New Jersey, where he will face criminal charges.
Uyar’s friends and family gathered at the Reformed Church in Highland Park on Saturday to pray for the safe return of the young mother.
Inside, it was an incredibly moving scene as Karen Uyar desperately waits for answers about her daughter.
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“I mean, we’re just excited that Sebastian is back, but our focus, as far as it is on Sebastian, is also to find Yasemin,” Karen Uyar told CBS2’s Nick Caloway.
Yasemin’s car could also be missing. This is a silver 2018 Ford Fiesta with New Jersey plates W421713.
“If we can find his car, then we have a big lead in finding it,” said Karen Uyar.
“I just hope she’s safe for herself, her family and everyone. It touched a lot of people, ”said Robyn Morris, a friend of Yasemin.
Family and friends say Sebastian’s father has a history of abusing Yasemin. They say she had a restraining order against him.
“Typical case of domestic violence. It gradually got worse and that’s where it ends, ”Morris said.
Yet this alleged kidnapping was shocking for Yasemin’s mother, who asks for help and does not give up hope.
“Always have hope. I still have hope. We pray. Sebastian needs his mother and we just want her to come home,” she said.
Anyone with information on Uyar’s whereabouts is urged to call the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.
Stay with CBSNewYork.com for updates. Christina Fan and Nick Caloway of CBS2 contributed to this report.