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Amber Alert Canceled, 3 Sacramento-Area Children Found

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WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — An Amber Alert for three children who were abducted Saturday by their biological father was canceled Monday night after the children were found, authorities said.

According to West Sacramento police, 7-year-old Vitaliy Gerasimov, 4-year-old Valeriy Gerasimov and 2-year-old Alisa Gerasimov were found safe in El Dorado County Monday night. Their father, 30-year-old Dmitriy Gerasimov, was taken into custody.

Police are working to reunite the children with their mother. No other details were immediately available.

The three children were abducted in West Sacramento over the weekend by their father, who is estranged from the children’s mother.

The father has a history of domestic violence and methamphetamine use, according to law enforcement.

Police say Dmitry Gerasimov beat up his wife and assaulted their 1-year-old son at their West Sacramento home around 7 p.m. Saturday night.

“What had happened was, the husband struck the wife multiple times, and the 1-and-a-half-year-old was thrown across the room,” said Lt. Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department.

Police say Gerasimov then took went to a grandparent’s home and forcibly removed 7-year-old son Vitaley, who suffers from severe autism, 4-year-old daughter Alisa, and 2-year-old son Valeriy.

On Monday police raised their concern and issued the Amber Alert after Gerasimov called his wife with a threat.

Neighbors who lived across the street and next door told CBS they never saw any trouble coming from their house.

“We’re shocked especially around this neighborhood we’ve never had this problem in the years that we’ve been living here,” said Raymond Reyes, who has lived in the neighborhood for 28 years.

Anyone with information is asked to call (916) 375-6474.

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