Missing boy found after Amber Alert, 1 arrested - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Missing boy found after Amber Alert, 1 arrested

Updated:

WARREN, Ohio - The search is over this morning for a missing 3-year-old boy.

Responding to an amber alert, A an off-duty Warren Police officer located Michael Babuka around 5:30 a.m. Police say the toddler was inside of a car that was parked beside outside a home on Tod Avenue in Lordstown.

One person, 42-year-old Ross Francis, was arrested.

Police say Babuka's father had left his son in the car for a brief moment to pick up his daughter while on John Street in Niles Thursday evening. During this time, Francis, confirmed to be intoxicated at the time, walked by the area, saw the car was still on and got into the vehicle.

Francis said he did not realize a 3-year-old was in the backseat of the vehicle.

Police say when the man discovered there was a child in the car he had stolen, he drove away from the area in a panic, in an effort to lose police.

Eventually, an off-duty officer caught on the trail of Francs, followed him into Lordstown and recovered Babuka.

Francis immediately surrendered peacefully. Babuka was sent to the hospital for observation. 

Francis is charged with kidnapping and auto theft. Police officials in Niles say that Francis was picked up by Weathersfield police earlier that night, noticing that he had been drinking.

They would eventually drop him off at a corner store, about 15 minutes before the incident occurred, according to police.

  • SpotlightSpotlightMore>>

  • Updated

    The Scrappers host “POPS at the Ballpark” featuring the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra

    The Scrappers host “POPS at the Ballpark” featuring the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-04-15 18:04:57 GMT
    NILES, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra are excited to host one of the Valley's premiere summer events, POPS at the Ballpark,More >>
    NILES, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra are excited to host one of the Valley's premiere summer events, POPS at the Ballpark, presented by Stanley E. Shearer with Northwestern Mutual and 21 WFMJ on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Eastwood Field.More >>
  • Around the WebMore>>

  • Break-in suspect rescued from Ohio restaurant vent

    Break-in suspect rescued from Ohio restaurant vent

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:26:35 GMT
    MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) - Police say an Ohio man suspected of breaking into a restaurant overnight became stuck in a ventilation duct, triggered a fire alarm and had to be rescued by emergency responders. TheMore >>
    MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) - Police say an Ohio man suspected of breaking into a restaurant overnight became stuck in a ventilation duct, triggered a fire alarm and had to be rescued by emergency responders. TheMore >>
  • Brother, 4, shoots 2-year-old after finding gun

    Brother, 4, shoots 2-year-old after finding gun

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:18:24 GMT
    COCHRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A 2-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the face by his 4-year-old brother who found a loaded gun in their northwestern Pennsylvania home while their mother slept. State policeMore >>
    COCHRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A 2-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the face by his 4-year-old brother who found a loaded gun in their northwestern Pennsylvania home while their mother slept. State policeMore >>
  • 1st grader cuts seats, threatens girl with knife

    1st grader cuts seats, threatens girl with knife

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:14:24 GMT
    CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania first-grader has been moved to an alternative school for slashing school bus seats with a knife and making a girl feel threatened with the weapon. ConnellsvilleMore >>
    CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania first-grader has been moved to an alternative school for slashing school bus seats with a knife and making a girl feel threatened with the weapon. ConnellsvilleMore >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms