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Child Abduction

Child abduction is a serious and traumatic crime. While everyone has become aware of frightening "stranger kidnappings," abductions are most often carried out by people who know the child. The District Attorney’s Office is committed to combating both types of abductions and to protecting the custody rights of parents and legal guardians throughout Los Angeles County. The District Attorney’s Child Abduction Section is comprised of specially trained prosecutors and investigators who assist parents and children in three important ways:

Criminal Prosecution

Experienced deputy district attorneys in the Child Abduction Section vigorously prosecute individuals who abduct, conceal, or withhold a child from a parent who lives in Los Angeles County.

Family Court Enforcement

The Child Abduction Section enforces Family Court orders in certain situations when a child has been abducted or concealed from a Los Angeles County parent in violation of a custody order. Specially trained investigators regularly travel across the United States to physically recover children and bring them back to their lawful custodians.

International Child Abduction Assistance

Specially trained staff in the Child Abduction Section work with international treaties and protocols to help return children that have been abducted to other countries from Los Angeles County.

For more information about the services provided by the Child Abduction Section, please continue to browse our website by clicking on the links at the top of the page. You can also call the Child Abduction Section at (213) 974-7424 or email us by clicking here.

Additional Child Abduction Sites

Have You Seen These Children?

These children were abducted from their custodial parent. If you have
any information about the location of these individuals, please call the:

Child Abduction Section
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
320 W. Temple Street, Rm. 780
Los Angeles, CA., 90012
(213) 974-5985
(213) 613-2702

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