Lupita Gonzalez, a one-year-old girl from Florida, was found alive after being kidnapped and abandoned by Carlos Rivera, a man who was angry at being interrupted while having sex with her mother.
Lupita Gonzalez was found after a intensive search involving helicopters and bloodhound tracking dogs.
Dozens of police with a Child Abduction Response Team combed a farmland and wooden areas while boats were deployed to several lakes in the area.
The little girl was discovered under a bush more than two miles from where she he had allegedly been snatched by Carlos Rivera, 23.
Police said Lupita Gonzalez was alone for 12 hours before being discovered.
Police said Lupita Gonzalez was unharmed by the ordeal but was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Lupita Gonzalez’s mother, Leah Wiley, 30, had failed to report her missing as she worried the girl’s father would find out about her having sex with another man.
Carlos Rivera told police he had grabbed the little girl because he was upset that he was interrupted while having sex with her mother.
Carlos Rivera told investigators he had paid Leah Wiley for sex but it ended when she was called away to another room at a party held in rural Seville, Florida.
The man said he snatched the toddler and left the party, but later worried about his actions and abandoned the girl in woodland.
Carlos Rivera called 911 to report the girl missing, but did not give police any firm details.
Leah Wiley told authorities she suspected Carlos Rivera had taken the girl but did not report her missing because she didn’t want the child’s father to find out she had sex with another man.
After being arrested, Carlos Rivera initially told authorities he remembered a little girl was at the party held in Seville but didn’t know what happened to her.
Later during questioning Carlos River gave police a vague description of the area where he abandoned her.
Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson said Carlos Rivera told investigators that he had paid Leah Wiley to have sex with her.
“He said that he got mad because the sex was interrupted when Wiley was called to another room, so he decided to take her daughter and leave the house,” Gary Davidson said.
“With no food, water or other provisions, Rivera took off with Wiley’s daughter.”
Carlos Rivera was charged with child abuse and kidnapping.
The man is also being held on charges out of Putnam County for failure to appear on charges of grand theft auto, driving under the influence with property damage and driving without a valid driver’s license, according to court records.
Carlos Rivera is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail without bail.
Leah Wiley was charged with one count of an act that could result in the physical/mental injury of a child.
The Florida Department of Children and Families has taken custody of the child and Leah Wiley’s two other children, Gary Davidson said.