WATSONVILLE (CBS SF) — Watsonville police were negotiating with a father who was holding his one-year-old daughter hostage after abducting her following an argument with the girl’s mother, according to police.
One-year-old Frida Torres was taken Sunday night by her father, 39-year-old Miguel Torres, who fled in a white pickup truck.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?
On Monday morning, California Highway Patrol officers tried to stop the truck elsewhere in Santa Cruz County after a suspected hit-and-run, but Torres allegedly sped off and officers canceled the pursuit on northbound state Highway 17 near Scotts Valley after seeing a child in the vehicle without a car seat, police said.READ MORE: UPDATE: Evacuations Ordered as Vallejo Fire Crews Battle 4-Alarm Brush Fire
According to police, the CHP said the case does not qualify for an Amber Alert activation because Torres has custodial rights and no history of child abuse/endangerment.MORE NEWS: COVID Reopening Day: San Francisco Businesses Thankful To Have Survived Pandemic
As of 6 p.m. Monday, Torres and his daughter have been located and officers from Watsonville Police Department’s Crisis Negotiation Team have made contact with him and were working on convincing him to let the girl out of the truck.