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Amber Alert for missing toddler, mother canceled

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Authorities say the missing mother and child believed to have been kidnapped by a Roswell murder suspect have been located.

An Amber Alert was issued for 2-year-old Dayton Lerma late Thursday night, but that alert was cancelled about three hours later with State Police saying the boy and his 26-year-old mother Celeste Alvidres had been located. They said murder suspect John Lerma, 29, had also been located.

No other details were provided.

In the initial Amber Alert, Roswell police said Dayton had last been seen on Tuesday and that the three may be in Hagerman.

John Lerma is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the stabbing death of Mario Olivas on Tuesday morning at a home in Roswell.

Roswell police responded to a stabbing at a home on the 200 block of Mathews. They found Olivas fatally stabbed. Witnesses told police two men showed up to the home and attacked him, one armed with a knife.

According to court records, police identified Lerma, a neighbor, as a suspect through surveillance video. A witness subsequently picked him from a photo lineup as the man who stabbed Olivas.

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