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Kidnapped 15-Day-Old Boy Found, Apparently Unhurt

May 6, 1990

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ A baby boy whose kidnapping four days ago had prompted an islandwide search by police and the FBI was found alive and apparently unharmed Saturday, police said.

The cries of 15-day-old Carlos Luis Canales were heard outside an office building by two census takers, who alerted their superiors.

The infant had been abducted Tuesday by a woman who posed as a sales representative for a diaper manufacturer.

He was discovered inside a shopping bag beside a garbage bin on the outskirts of Carolina, an eastern suburb east of San Juan, police said.

A local radio station reported that a medical checkup indicated the baby was unharmed and in good physical condition.

The kidnapper had told the baby’s parents that their three children had won a contest sponsored by the diaper company. She took them to a local mall to photograph the children and, while the parents were busy, left with the infant.

The census takers heard the baby crying outside a building that houses a U.S. Census office and other government offices.

The parents, Migdalia Cortes and Luis Canales, rushed to the scene with police.

Paul R. Philip, special agent in charge of the FBI office in San Juan, said the FBI had helped in the investigation although there appeared to be no federal jurisdiction in the case.

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