Amber Alert issued for boy with autism believed to have been taken by father

Arrest warrant issued for Jojo Morales’s father

An Amber Alert was issued Friday for a missing 6-year-old boy with autism who authorities believe was illegally taken by his father.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a South Florida father.

Police say 45-year-old Jorge Morales illegally took his 6-year-old son over the weekend.

That little boy, Jojo Morales, has not been seen since Saturday, Aug. 27. On Friday, an Amber Alert was issued for Jojo.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is searching for Jorge Morales after issuing an Amber Alert.

His mother says when she went to go pick him up at Morales’ home in southwest Miami-Dade, the two were gone.

The Amber Alert comes days after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a Missing Child Alert for Jojo.

Local 10 has learned that Jojo’s parents have been in a contentious custody battle since they split three years ago.

Morales drives a 2006 Ford Expedition with the license plate CSI-U53.

Authorities urge anyone who thinks they may have seen Jojo, or has any information on the child’s whereabouts, to call Miami-Dade police at 305-596-8176 or the FDLE at 1-888-FL-MISSING.

Jorge Morales, 45, and his mother are accused of kidnapping his 6-year-old son, known as Jojo. Detectives believe they are in a 2006 gray Ford Expedition with Florida tag CSI U53.

About the Authors:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba.