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Amber Alert Downgraded For Kidnapped NorCal Boy

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Juliani Cardenas (left) and Jose Esteban Rodriguez. (CBS)

Juliani Cardenas (left) and Jose Esteban Rodriguez. (CBS)

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PATTERSON, Stanislaus County (AP) — Authorities have downgraded the statewide Amber Alert for a 4-year-old Stanislaus County boy, allegedly kidnapped by his mother’s ex-boyfriend.

Sheriff’s Deputy Royjindar Singh said authorities decided to narrow the alert Saturday issued for Juliani Cardenas to just the San Joaquin Valley and San Jose areas.

Singh says those areas are where most of the suspect’s family and friends are located.

Authorities say 27-year-old Jose Rodriguez snatched the child from his grandmother’s arms in Patterson last Tuesday.

Sheriff’s officials received reports that a vehicle fitting the description of a car used in the kidnapping went into a nearby canal Tuesday night. After combing the water and recovering five stolen cars, crews called off the canal search.

 (© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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