A Washington state couple was shocked to learn that the toddler they were babysitting had been kidnapped.
John Tuong of Renton, Wash., called authorities when he saw the 2-year-old boy he and his wife were watching was being pictured on social media as the subject of an Amber alert calling for his return.
“I’m eating my breakfast, I’m checking my Facebook, all of a sudden I see this Amber alert for this child,” Tuong told local TV station KOMO News. “And it looks like this child in my bed, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God! What’s going on?’ ”
“What’s going on” is right, because Tuong’s own sister asked him to babysit the child.
“It was my sister who had asked me as a favor to watch her boyfriend’s son. And that’s how he came and was dropped off,” Tuong told the station.
Tuong’s sister, Alyssa Chang, and the boy’s grandmother went to the boy’s home in Des Moines, Wash., Tuesday, incapacitated his mother with a Taser, and kidnapped both her and her child.
They drove to another house in nearby Fife and tied the mother up in the garage. After freeing herself, the woman sought help at a neighboring house.
The boy doesn’t appear any worse for the experience.
“He was a great kid. He didn’t cry much or anything. He enjoyed my dog’s company and my children’s company,” Tuong told KOMO. “Everything seemed great and then all of a sudden I’m eating breakfast and it turns out to be this.”
As for his sister, she was ordered held on a $250,000 bond pending an investigation of kidnapping, assault and unlawful imprisonment.
“I feel like she was just helping her boyfriend out and just got into this horrible situation,” Tuong said. “We’re family people, this is definitely not like this. Honestly I’m at a loss for words right now. It’s just crazy.”
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