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Abducted boy returns to family after 2 weeks

May 18, 2009

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— The 3-year-old boy abducted from his family by gunmen almost two weeks ago was back home Sunday, shorn of his long, curly hair, but apparently unharmed after being found wandering the streets of a Mexico border town.

Briant Rodriguez rejoined his family after being hospitalized overnight for a physical and emotional evaluation. Police have not questioned him about his ordeal, but plan to do so in coming days after the boy has time to settle into his normal routines at home.

“Physically, he’s in good shape. He was obviously fatigued,” Cindy Beavers, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, told The Associated Press.

Authorities said Briant was kidnapped May 3 by two gunmen who burst into his family’s modest home and tied up his mother and four of his siblings.

A local police officer found him wandering the streets of the border town of Mexicali late Thursday.

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