Police have arrested a 17-year-old father who took his son from the arms of his son’s mother and took off north.
According to Coconut Creek police, officers were dispatched at 2:30 p.m. Monday to the 4900 block of Fisherman’s Drive in Coconut Creek to investigate a domestic dispute.
Police said they determined the suspect, Jonathan Garcia, 17, forcibly removed his son from the child’s 15-year-old mother.
Witnesses told investigators the suspect was seen hitting and shaking the child as he was running away from the scene.
According to officials, the child’s mother, Laura Pachon Quintero, has a restraining order against Garcia.
When Garcia took off north, the South Florida family drove up to Central Florida.
Officials discovered that Garcia went to Oakland Park with his son, but it is unknown how he got there.
The child was taken to the hospital where he was later picked up by his mother.
The Apopka Police Department confirmed Garcia was arrested in their jurisdiction.
Coconut Creek police say Garcia has been charged with kidnapping, child endangerment, domestic battery and simple battery. He was being held at a juvenile detention facility in Orange County, but is expected to be extradited to South Florida.