Vancouver dad charged with murdering 2-year-old child

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Gustavo Villalobos-Carranza faces murder, kidnapping charges

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A father has been charged with the kidnapping and murder of his 2-year-old child after police found the child dead early Sunday morning.

On Sunday, Vancouver police said a woman called around 12:51 a.m. to report that the child’s father, Gustavo Villalobos-Carranza, threatened to harm their child during a phone call. She said he had picked up the child earlier Saturday evening, according to police.

Around 2:30 a.m., the Vancouver Police Department issued a kidnapping alert, asking for the public’s help in finding the father’s car.

An Amber Alert was sent around 3:10 a.m. to an email distribution list, on social media and across the Emergency Alert System, but no cell phone alert was issued.

“Our state plan says we will not utilize that piece of notification within those hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.,” said Washington State Amber Alert Coordinator Carri Gordon. “Per our Washington state plan we are not allowed to use the cell phone activation during those hours.”

The restrictions were put in place after an Amber Alert went out a few years ago at 3 a.m. and people complained.

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Gordon said they were planning to issue the cell phone alert at 7 a.m. but the Amber Alert was canceled around 4 a.m. after police took Villalobos-Carranza into custody near the intersection of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard and 57th Avenue in Vancouver.

He faces charges of 1st-degree murder, 1st-degree kidnapping and unlawful use of a weapon.

VPD said the child was found dead.

Police initially said they believed the child was killed in Gresham, however, on Monday, the Gresham Police Department and Portland Police Bureau said the homicide occurred in Portland. Villalobos-Carranza is being held in the Clark County Jail until he is transferred to Portland.

Gresham and Portland police are assisting Vancouver authorities in the investigation.

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