ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A woman who allegedly abducted her 4-year-old son from his elementary school near Jemez Springs Thursday morning was arrested in Albuquerque a few hours later and charged with felony custodial interference.
Authorities had issued an Amber Alert for Angelo Jaramillo, who police say was abducted from the Jemez Valley Elementary School by his mother, 23-year-old Angelica Garcia. State Police said she had possibly been doing drugs and did not have custody of him.
Witnesses saw her leave the elementary school in a silver Ford Taurus, and State Police officers later tracked her to America’s Best Value Inn near Juan Tabo and Interstate 40.
There they found Angelo inside the car, which was parked in the motel parking lot, and they found Garcia nearby.
She initially tried to hide her identity, but eventually she revealed it, according to State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo. She refused to tell State Police more about the incident, Armijo said.
She was charged with felony custodial interference and was expected to be booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center.
Angelo was checked out by paramedics at the motel and later reunited with his father.
The man seen on surveillance footage driving with Garcia was questioned and released without being charged, Armijo said.