JAMAICA, Queens — A 2-year-old boy who was reported missing Tuesday has been found safe in Highland Park, police confirm.
His father has been taken into custody and charge with custodial interference. The child was transported to the hospital where he is being evaluated. He is reported to be in good condition.
Joseph Martinez, 51, was on a scheduled, unsupervised visit with his son, Adam El-Alaoui, 2, when Martinez failed to return his son to the Administration for Children’s Services Office on 161th Street in Jamaica at 10 a.m., police said.
A source close to the investigation, however, told PIX11 that Martinez was acting suspicious when he arrived to the visit, so officials decided against allowing him to take his son. That's when the father snatched the child and took off, the source said.
Martinez, the child’s biological father, has prior arrests for a 1983 murder during an attempted robbery, said police. He served nearly three decades in prison before being paroled in 2010, but was later arrested in 2016 for hurting a child, according to authorities. He lost custody of the child when police found him passed out on a park bench.