'There's a reason why the child has been taken from the mother’s custody'
EUGENE, Ore. – Local law enforcement agencies are working with national agencies to search for a child who was kidnapped by his non-custodial parent in Eugene Thursday.
On Thursday night Eugene police reported a non-custodial parent took her 18-month-old child during a supervised visit in Eugene.
Police said the Department of Human Services was supervising several parents visiting their children on Thursday night at the Congregational Church in Eugene.
During that visitation, police said the mother took the toddler and drove away.
Now, the U.S. Marshal’s Office and the FBI are helping Eugene police with the search.
Last year, a court deemed the mother, Samantha Adona Meyer, unstable to take care of her child.
Eugene police said since then, Meyer has had supervised visits with her 18-month-old boy on a bi-weekly basis.
Thursday night, police said Meyer took her child while on a supervised visit at the Congregational Church.
Church officials declined giving comment. We left a message with DHS, but they have not returned the call.
Meanwhile, EPD investigators are working with agencies to find Meyer and her child.
“This is important. There's a reason why the child has been taken from the mother’s custody and she was only given occasional visits and we do believe there is a risk to the child’s safety,” said Jed McGuire from the Eugene Police Department Violent Crimes Unit. “That has caused us to put so many resources into that and if you do see the mother or the child, please contact the police immediately.”
Police said Meyer could have taken the child to her home state of California.
Officials said she is 30 years old. She’s described as a black woman, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds. She has shoulder length reddish-brown hair.
Police said she was driving a 1995 black Plymouth Voyager with Oregon license plate 375AJM on the back.
The missing 18-month-old is described as a black boy who is 24 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a blue, white and orange long sleeve shirt.
If you have any information, contact police at (541) 682-5111.