Saturday, August 29, 2015

Abusive dad in custody after abducting 2-year-old son (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Dad is identified as TRAVIS LESTER.

Missing 2-year-old found, father in custody

Posted: Aug 28, 2015 2:53 PM EDT Updated: Aug 28, 2015 5:56 PM EDT
By: Austin Prickett, Sr. Digital Content Manager

The Oklahoma City Police Department says a missing 2-year-old has been found in safe condition.

According to police, a 2-year-old boy was allegedly taken by his father Travis Lester, who does not have parental rights, Thursday at a metro Walmart. An Amber Alert was issued for the missing child at around 2:30 p.m. Friday. Just after 4 p.m. Friday, Lester and the child were found at a Motel 6 in Midwest City. Lester was then taken into custody.

The Oklahoma City Police Department says the child was taken around 4 p.m. Thursday by Lester from the Walmart near I-240 and Sante Fe. Police say Lester was armed with a pistol and made threats to harm the child.

Lester allegedly told the child's mother to withdraw money for him so she could buy him a shotgun. The boy's mother then went to the bathroom and Lester took off with boy. Police were then called to the business.

The victim told police Lester had threatened and abused her in the past. She also told police Lester's parental rights had been terminated and that Lester had been attempting to intimidate her into buying the gun for him.

Police investigating the incident observed bruises on the victim. Lester was convicted of second-degree burglary in 2010. In 2006, he was convicted of domestic assault and battery.

Lester will be booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.