An Amber Alert was issued Friday for a 2-year old boy in Boyle Heights. The suspect is the boy's father, 27-year-old Abraham Vargas.
Vargas allegedly took the family car and the toddler Friday morning.
At a news conference outside the boy's home, mother Beatriz Perez pleaded for the boy's safe return. Perez asked in Spanish for Vargas to return her child, according to LAPD Capt. Gary Lopez.
"She's asking that he return her child. She's not asking for nothing else. She just wants her baby back," Lopez said, translating.
Perez told police Vargas has threatened to take the boy and flee to Mexico, but this is the first time he's actually taken action.
Vargas was last seen driving an orange 2004 Nissan Quest, but LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman tells KPCC that police found the Quest abandoned with no sign of the boy or his father. Police continue to look for any evidence in the van that may indicate their whereabouts.