Father abducts 3-year-old girl from mother's home

May 24, 2010 2:01:16 PM PDT
A 3-year-old girl was abducted by her father late Sunday night in East Palo Alto and police are asking for the public's help in finding the child.

Samantha Serna Vargas' mother called police to her home in the 1700 block of Woodland Avenue at about 11:20 p.m. and said her estranged boyfriend, Samantha's biological father, had taken Samantha after the adults had gotten into a fight, East Palo Alto police Detective Angel Sanchez said.

The father, 29-year-old Eduardo Vargas, has ties to Redwood City, police said. He drives a dark blue 1993 Ford Explorer with California license plate No. 4EQN328. The vehicle has a skull sticker on the rear window.

Anyone with information on the missing child or Vargas is asked to call police at (650) 321-1112. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call the East Palo Alto police Anonymous Tip Line at (650) 853-8477.