New York : Couple who kidnapped Latino boy in Georgia wanted to raise him

Maynor Dario Valera Zuniga and Kristin Nicole Valera Zuniga face kidnapping charges

Kristin Nicole Valera Zúñiga and Maynor Dario Valera Zúñiga

Photo: Chamblee Police / Courtesy

The couple who allegedly kidnapped a one-year-old Hispanic boy in Georgia did so because they wanted to raise him, police in the city of Chamblee reported Monday, where the minor was abducted at gunpoint on Saturday while his mother was walking him in the stroller. .

Little Mateo Alejandro Montufar-Barrera was rescued safe and sound five hours later in the town of Carrollton, more than 70 miles from where he was kidnapped, after the authorities mounted an operation in conjunction with the FBI that culminated in the arrest of the allegedly responsible, identified as Maynor Dario Valera Zúñiga and Kristin Nicole Valera Zúñiga.

“They intended to raise this baby,” Mike Beller, assistant to the Chamblee police chief, said at a news conference Monday where it was reported that the pair of alleged kidnappers had also tried to kidnap shortly before. another child riding on his mother’s back. According to authorities, the woman ran and was able to escape the suspects after entering an apartment, although she did not report the case to the police.

The authorities indicated that the couple found little Mateo and his mother shortly afterwards in the same area, and took the little one from the baby carriage despite the woman tried for all the media prevent him from being taken away, even struggling for the weapon carried by the now accused.

While fighting to prevent the man from kidnapping the little boy, the mother tore a piece of his pants and managed to keep one of his shoes.

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Authorities in Georgia issued an “Amber” alert with the description of the car, a 2016 Brown Acura MDX and License Plate, and quickly Chamblee police officers and the FBI mounted a search operation, which paid off five hours later when the boy was found safe and sound.

Little Mateo was present at the emotional press conference on Monday, which highlighted the “tooth and nail” fight that the mother fought to prevent the kidnapping.

Maynor Dario Valera Zúñiga and Kristin Nicole Valera Zúñiga face off kidnapping charges and are being held in the DeKalb County Jail, after the judge denied them bail.

Authorities said it was an unusual abduction because in most cases the abductor is a person known to the child.