San Francisco father and son found in L.A.; Amber Alert called off

A 1-year-old boy taken from San Francisco by his possibly suicidal father was found safe in Los Angeles on Friday night, and the Amber Alert they prompted has been called off.

The father, Jason Lam, and the boy, Makai Bangoura, were found in the Palms section of the city, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Lam is in police custody and the tan 2000 Toyota Corolla that had been the subject of the Amber Alert has been impounded.

After first saying the father and son could be anywhere, authorities a few hours later said they might be heading south on Interstate 5 toward Southern California, and that proved correct.

Jerry Rodriguez, chief of investigations at the San Francisco district attorney’s office, said at a news conference earlier Friday that the boy’s mother went to police Thursday to report that her son had not been returned by his father.

He said authorities issued the alert Friday after learning the toddler might be in danger.

The alert warned that Lam “may be suicidal” and should not be approached without law enforcement, but it did not say why he was considered a danger.


9:40 p.m.: This article has been updated throughout with the child and father being found.

This article was originally published at 6:10 p.m.

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