Missing Monroe boy found in Fayetteville

Monroe police said Ethan Tejada was taken without permission by his non-custodial father Carlos Tejada Wednesday afternoon. The boy has not been seen since. (Photo Courtesy: Lifetouch via Monroe Police Department)

A second-year-old Monroe boy last seen at his daycare facility Wednesday afternoon has been located in Fayetteville, the Monroe Police Department announced late Wednesday. Ethan Tejada had been picked up by his non-custodial father who then reportedly started driving to New York City, police believe.<br><br>An arrest warrant was issued for 31-year-old Carlos Tejada, after the boy's mother reported the abduction to law enforcement. The father does not have legal custody of his son.

Police police believe the daycare facility originally released the boy to the father because the father had previously picked up his son from their facility without any problems.

Local authorities had requested the state issue an official Amber Alert but the state has decided not to since police are in contact with Carlos Tejada.