By Jen Kastner
ECTOR COUNTY- A four year-old from Ector County is finally safe and resting back at home after the child had been kidnapped at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Mother Maria Signs reported her boyfriend, Martin Silguero, was to blame. The child was found Tuesday inside a Big Spring motel and Silguero is now behind bars.
NewsWest 9 was initially informed that an AMBER Alert went out regarding the kidnapping. However, on Tuesday night, we learned that information was incorrect.
A spokesperson for the Ector County Sheriff's Department tells us their deputies gathered together all details on the kidnapping and then handed those details off to the Department of Public Safety (DPS). DPS is the agency responsible for issuing AMBER alerts.
Ector Sheriff Mark Donaldson tells NewsWest 9, "[The information had] to be sent to DPS. DPS had to verify [the] information, as far as [whether or not] it qualified as an AMBER alert."
A spokesperson for DPS tells NewsWest 9 that their troopers were in the process of issuing the alert but the child was found before it got released.
At 3:12 a.m. on Tuesday, a Howard County Sheriff's deputy found Silguero at the TA truck stop in Big Spring.
"He happened to be at the truck stop and saw the vehicle that had been put out in the [law enforcement] broadcast," Howard County Sheriff, Stan Parker, said.
Silguero was immediately arrested. Veronica Rios, who was with him, was also cuffed. However, she was placed behind bars due to charges unrelated to the kidnapping. The relationship between Silguero and Rios is still unclear. Both are now being held in the Howard County Detention Center.
When Silguero was caught, he handed over a key to one of the rooms in Big Spring's Delux Inn. The child was found inside the room. The child was all alone but unharmed. The mother picked up the child and they returned home to Ector County.
"You don't really see [this] a lot. You have a lot [of cases] dealing with child custody, but, nothing like this where they out right abduct the child," Parker said.
At this time, it is unknown if Silguero is also the child's biological father. He will be charged by Ector County Sheriff's deputies with kidnapping, which is a class three felony. The charges of "unauthorized use of a motor vehicle" will be filed by the Sheriff's Office in Howard County.
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