Update: Missing 2-year-old boy found safe, Emporia police say


Image courtesy of Emporia PD Facebook page

EMPORIA, Kan. (KSNW) – Emporia police announced on its Facebook page Tuesday that the missing 2-year-old boy from Monday’s search has been located safe.

In a Facebook post Tuesday evening, Emporia police shared the following update:

“Jessica Downs, suspect and paternal grandmother of missing 2-year-old Kyrese Cabrera-Downs, was taken into custody at a residence in southwestern Emporia Tuesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. Downs claimed to have given the child to Devin Downs, Kyrese’s biological father, sometime on Tuesday, in Emporia.

Devin Downs took Kyrese to his biological mother around 5 p.m. in Emporia. Emporia police have seen Kyrese and he appears unharmed.

Jessica Downs was booked into the Lyon County Detention Center on charges of Aggravated Interference with Parental Custody.

The Emporia Police Department would like to thank the media and the public for helping us locate Kyrese.”

From Monday, Jan. 18, 2021:

The Emporia Police Department is continuing their investigation into a missing 2-year-old boy.

Police said they received reports that Kyrese Cabrera-Downs may have been delivered to his father, Devin Downs, in Augusta.

The Augusta Police Department interviewed the father and searched his home. The boy was not located and is believed to be with Jessica Downs, the child’s paternal grandmother. She was last seen in Topeka.

This investigation is now being treated as a felony-level aggravated interference with parental
custody. The Emporia Police Department is continuing to request the public’s assistance with
locating Kyrese and bringing him back to his family.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Emporia Police Department at (620) 343-4225 or Lyon County Crime Stoppers at (620) 342-2273. Tips can also be submitted to Lyon County Crime Stoppers via Smartphone or online application by visiting P3 tips.com.

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