Calif. boy, 3, abducted to Mexico back home

Briant Rodriguez, 3, is back in California with his mother, Maria Rosalina Millan. The boy was found wandering the streets in a Mexican town.

Associated Press

Briant Rodriguez, 3, is back in California with his mother, Maria Rosalina Millan. The boy was found wandering the streets in a Mexican town.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A 3-year-old boy abducted from his family by gunmen almost two weeks ago was back home Sunday, shorn of his long, curly hair, but apparently unharmed after being found wandering the streets of a Mexico border town.

Briant Rodriguez rejoined his family after being hospitalized overnight for a physical and emotional evaluation. Police have not questioned him about his ordeal, but plan to do so in coming days after the boy has time to settle into his normal routines at home.

"Physically, he's in good shape. He was obviously fatigued," said Cindy Beavers, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

"I'm sure there is some trauma from being apart from his family for two weeks," Beavers added, calling his safe return "an amazing outcome."

Authorities said Briant was kidnapped May 3 by two gunmen who burst into his family's modest home and tied up his mother and four of his siblings.

A local police officer found him wandering the streets of the town of Mexicali late Thursday.

The Mexicali officer initially thought Briant was from the neighborhood and took him to several houses seeking his family before leaving him in protective custody. Mexican authorities then contacted U.S. officials.

FBI agents traveled to Mexicali to handle immigration paperwork for the boy, who holds dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship. The agents then brought him across the border, where he was reunited with his mother, Maria Rosalina Millan, in Calexico on Saturday.

Authorities are believed to be closing in on at least two male suspects. The kidnappers never demanded a ransom, and authorities said it didn't appear they knew the family.

Calif. boy, 3, abducted to Mexico back home 05/17/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:50pm]

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