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Man accused of driving away with 3-year-old boy arrested

Lee Parish found safe at Fort Lauderdale home; William Rogers taken into custody

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A man accused of driving off with a 3-year-old boy was taken into custody after prompting a statewide Amber Alert for the child, who was later found safe, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said Lee Parish was found safe Sunday morning at a home in Fort Lauderdale.

Concepcion said William Rogers, 27, drove to a Valero gas station, 2400 W. Sunrise Blvd., with the boyfriend of the boy's mother Saturday night while the boy was asleep in the back seat. Concepcion said Rogers drove away shortly after the boyfriend got out of the vehicle to pump gas.

Deputies in Tamarac later received information that Rogers was spotted in the 5200 block of Gate Lake Road.

Concepcion said Rogers ran away from deputies but was quickly apprehended about 7:30 a.m. She said Rogers told deputies that he dropped Lee off at a home in Fort Lauderdale.

On their way to the home, deputies spotted Lee with a woman in the 2900 block of 21st Court, Concepcion said.

"According to the woman, she had just noticed the Amber Alert," Concepcion said. "She realized that Lee was the boy reported missing and was going to call to report his location."

Rogers has not revealed why he took the car or why he dropped the child off at that home in Fort Lauderdale, Concepcion said. 

"As of right now, there does not appear to be a relationship between the occupants of the home and the suspect," she said.

Rogers faces charges of grand theft auto, kidnapping, child neglect and dealing in stolen property.

BSO's Child Protective Investigation Section is investigating.


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