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Luke Turner Case: Colo. boy, 3, found safe after alleged kidnapping to Canada by father, police say

Luke Turner, 3.
Longmont Police Dept. via CBS Denver
(CBS) LONGMONT, Colo. - Authorities say Luke Turner, a 3-year-old boy kidnapped from his Longmont, Colo. home on Saturday, has been found safe and his father is in custody in Canada, CBS Denver reports.

An Amber Alert was issued for Luke after police say he was taken by his father, Monty Ray Turner. Both were later located at the Casablanca Motor Lodge in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada and Monty Turner was arrested without incident, the station says.

Police say Monty Turner broke into his estranged wife's home Saturday morning, physically assaulted her, sprayed her with pepper spray and stunned her with an electronic control device before fleeing with the 3-year-old.

"My son got out of his chair at the table and was yelling to him, 'Please don't hurt my mommy,'" the child's mother, Brandy Turner, said, according to the station.

Police believe Monty Turner's father, Ronald Eugene Turner, assisted in his son's getaway to Canada. Ronald Turner was arrested Sunday morning during a traffic stop in connection with the kidnapping investigation.

The station reports Ronald Turner was described as "uncooperative" during the traffic stop by Missouri troopers. He faces a complicity to commit second-degree kidnapping charge and will reportedly be held until he can appear before a judge.

Family Services and the FBI are currently working to reunite the 3-year-old, Luke, with his mother and coordinate extradition.

According to CBS Denver, Brandy Turner had a restraining order against Monty Turner preventing him from contacting her and her son.

Brandy Turner said Monty Turner displayed some bizarre behavior leading up to the abduction. She reportedly believes her estranged husband was watching her before the kidnapping. She showed CBS Denver peepholes that were drilled in her garage and said she believes Monty was hiding there prior to the attack.

Police say they are still investigating that part of the case.

Authorities are also working to get Monty Turner extradited to Colorado. He could reportedly face stricter charges if convicted of crossing the U.S. border during the alleged kidnapping.

Police say this was the second time Monty Turner took his son away from his mother. Last July, Monty Turner and his son were reportedly missing for 8 months.

In March, police brought the child home unharmed and no charges were filed because both parents had custody at the time.

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