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1-year-old boy in SF Amber Alert found safe with father in SoCal

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The CHP confirms that 1-year-old Makai Bangoura was found safe after allegedly being taken in San Francisco by his father Jason Lam. (KGO-TV)

The CHP tells ABC7 News they found 1-year-old Makai Bangoura and his father Jason Lam hundreds of miles from San Francisco, in Southern California.

"Today's a great day," said Alex Bastian of the San Francisco District Attorney's office. "We have a child reunited with his loving mother."

One-year-Old Makai Bangoura was found safe 400 miles away from San Francisco in Culver City. His father 30-year-old Jason Lam is in custody Friday evening.

Lam's Toyota Corolla, the car so many people were on the lookout for statewide, was spotted and towed away. A tip led to the child being found.

"The Amber Alert played a pivotal role," said Bastian.

The District Attorney's office says Lam has joint custody, but didn't return the child to his Mother Thursday night.

A surveillance camera spotted the father and son at a store in Menlo Park Thursday.

Police say 24 hours passed before police were notified, and as they continued their investigation District Attorney Investigator Rodriguez said, "We realized we needed an Amber Alert."

Lam's sister Mary said he was not suicidal. "I tried to stop him from leaving with the baby."

"He's never had cuts on his arms," she said. "He's never showed signs being suicidal."

Charges for Lam have not been announced.

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