Sunnyvale child allegedly abducted by mother placed in county care

SUNNYVALE (BCN) — A child allegedly abducted by his mother from Sunnyvale and found in Newark over the weekend has been placed under the care of the Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children’s Services division, a Sunnyvale public safety captain said on Monday.

The child’s mother, 20-year-old Christina Rodriguez, was arrested along with 19-year-old Alina Herd and 22-year-old Joel Lopez in connection with the alleged abduction on Saturday, public safety Capt. Jeff Hunter said.

The trio was booked into county jail where they were booked on suspicion of parental child abduction and conspiracy, according to Hunter.

Around 3:45 p.m. Saturday, public safety officers responded to a report of a child abduction in the 800 block of San Aleso Avenue where 16-month-old Trinnian Gonzalez was taken, Hunter said.

Arriving officers learned Rodriguez, the child’s mother, took her son from his paternal grandparents’ home where he lived, according to Hunter.

Rodriguez allegedly took the child and left the home in a car with Herd and Lopez, Hunter said.

The boy suffered from a medical condition that results in seizures and was without his required medication during the alleged abduction, according to Hunter.

Officers found out that Rodriguez took Trinnian to a home on Ash Street in Newark, where they found the child, mother and two other suspects with the assistance of Newark police later that night, Hunter said.

The child was taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons before he was placed under the care of the county’s Department of Family and Children’s Services division, the captain said.

The three suspects were taken into custody and booked into county jail, Hunter said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the department’s investigations unit at (408) 730-7120.

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