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Police: Boy found safe, Amber Alert cancelled

Freddie Drake, a 6-year-old Caucasian male, four feet tall, weighing approximately thirty-seven pounds, with short blonde hair and blue eyes. Photo courtesy of Valencia County Sheriff’s Department

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police say that the 6-year-old boy who was the subject of an early morning Amber Alert has been found safe.

An alert was issued around 4 a.m. Monday for Freddie Drake, and police believed he was with his biological mother, Arlene “Nikki” Drake, 35.

New Mexico State Police cancelled the alert around 3:30 p.m. in a post that offered little detail.

Arlene Drake

Arlene Drake does not have parental rights, and authorities have issued a warrant for her arrest on charges of false imprisonment and unlawful interference with custody. It is not clear whether she has been arrested.

According to the warrant affidavit, Freddie was adopted by his grandfather in 2017. He has allowed Arlene Drake to live with him, but she is not allowed to take the child anywhere.

The group had planned to go camping, but the grandfather cancelled the trip on Sunday when “Nikki began yelling at Freddie for an irrational reason.” The grandfather told authorities that Arlene Drake “snatched Freddie up” and said she was going to take him fishing instead. The two left in her Mustang, which the grandfather followed for a while. He last saw the vehicle around 5 p.m. close to the Rio Grande.

The grandfather waited hours for the two to return home before contacting law enforcement.