Amber Alert canceled for seven-month-old Norman boy, father in custody

UPDATE: Body found believed to be that of Amber Alert baby. 

Officers have discovered a body believed to be 7-month-old Jody Minjarez. An Amber Alert had been issued.

Oklahoma City Police arrested Victor Minjarez on Wednesday, March 7 on complaints of first degree murder after they found the baby's body inside Minjarez's residence at the 3000 block of Venice Blvd. in Oklahoma City. 

Minjarez is also booked on complaint of unlawful disposal of human remains. 

OKC officers booked Minjarez in the Oklahoma County Jail. 

The medical examiner will determine the exact cause and manner of death. Anyone with information should call the homicide tip line at 405-297-1200. 

 

UPDATE: Just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, officers with the Oklahoma City Police Department located Minjarez. Police said Minjarez is not under arrest at this time, but is being detained and questioned by police. OKCPD confirmed with 2 Works For You the AMBER ALERT IS CANCELED and leads are being developed to look for the baby boy Jody.

   The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has confirmed that a vehicle mentioned in the original Amber alert was found today on the Will Rogers Turnpike in the Tulsa area.

 

NORMAN, Okla. -- An Amber Alert has been issued for a seven-month-old Norman boy identified as Jody Minjarez. 

Officials said the boy was taken by his father, Victor Minjarez, who allegedly attacked the mother of the boy on Feb. 23 and then fled. Minjarez was taken into custody Wednesday night in Oklahoma City, officials said.

The investigation into the whereabouts of the boy is ongoing, officials said. Police are following up on several leads to locate the child.

Norman police issued the following statement about why the Amber Alert was delayed after the boy had been taken:

 “The timing was based on the investigation, along with the father's legal rights to the child & similar incidents with those involved. Up until today, the case didn't meet the criteria for an Amber Alert. We are working to locate the child & ensure his safety & well-being.”

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