Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Public safety

Missing Pasco boy feared in danger found safe

HUDSON — A 2-year-old boy authorities feared to be in danger was found safe Sunday morning, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

The search for Robert Kenneth Vredeveld began around 3 a.m. Sunday when the boy's pregnant mother went to a hospital in Trinity with injuries authorities said she suffered in a domestic assault. She has since been released from the hospital.

While she was being treated, deputies said they learned her boyfriend, Michael Diaz, 21, had made threats against the boy.

Deputies searched for Robert at the couple's Hudson home and later brought in a police dog to scour the neighborhood.

A few hours later, the Sheriff's Office received a call from a male relative saying that he had been taking care of the boy.

Robert was taken into custody by the Florida Department of Children and Families pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Sheriff's Office has not released the name of the boy's 27-year-old mother.

Authorities were still looking Sunday for Diaz, who they called a suspect.

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