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Amber Alert issued for 2-year-old boy taken from Boyle Heights home

Amber Alert: 2-year-old boy from Boyle Heights in orange Nissan Quest, plate # 7CIN189

An Amber Alert was issued Friday for a 2-year-old boy who authorities say was whisked away in an orange Nissan Quest by his father.

Police were contacted around 6:30 a.m. by the boy’s mother, who said an ex-boyfriend, Abraham Vargas, 26, had taken the family car and the child from the 1000 block of South Lorena Street in Boyle Heights.

There was damage to the right side of the vehicle's body, and Vargas may be heading to Mexico, according to an alert from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Vargas was under a court-issued restraining order barring him from contact with the mother, Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman said.

Authorities said the boy was wearing a red sweat shirt and blue sweat pants. The Nissan’s license plate number is 7CIN189.

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9:55 a.m. PDT, May 23: This story was updated with additional details about the vehicle and Abraham Vargas' suspected destination.