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REUNITED: A child's now back with his mom. His father is in custody.

"This could've been a much different situation," the North Port Police Department says.
A boy's reunited with his mom following a missing child alert. His father is now in custody.
Posted at 11:29 AM, Apr 23, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. — The North Port Police Department says a missing child has been reunited with his mother, and a suspect is now in custody.

On Monday, a missing child alert notified the public that the child was reported to have been taken by his father Robert Renauld - a court ordered violation.

Investigators believed the two could have been traveling to Fort Myers or Brandon.

North Port Police tell North Port's Community Correspondent Victoria Scott that they learned of a car traveling in the area involving a kidnapped 2-year-old child out of Edgewater in Volusia County.

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According to the department, officers Bradley Greene and Christopher Kelly observed the vehicle on I-75 and were joined by other officers in conducting a traffic stop.

"A couple units were in front of him," said North Port Police Sgt. David Brown. "I waited for the suspect vehicle to pass me. An officer was already behind him. When we felt it was safe we conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle."

Police say Renauld and the child were inside.

Renauld was taken to the Sarasota County Jail and charged with kidnapping.

The boy was then reunited with his mother.

Brown said the situation was especially important to him since he's a father of three.

"I'm a parent myself, so it's really important to know that that kid is safe with his mom," Sgt. Brown said. "I don't know the situation with this suspect in this case, but to know he went home with his mother and grandmother safely is a really good feeling."

The North Port Police Department summarized this incident as "quick action, quick results, quick reunion."