Miami brothers abducted by father found safe, authorities say

Father turned himself over to police at Miami-Dade County Walmart

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor

MIAMI - Two Miami brothers who were abducted by their father in a custody dispute have been found safe, state authorities said.

Miami police said their father, 48-year-old Zak Gotay, abducted 4-year-old Zakaria and 2-year-old Collins from their home on the 400 block of Northeast 37th Street Friday afternoon.

Diana Devia, a family friend, said Gotay recently moved out of the home and the boys' mother was very distraught and afraid for the boys' safety.

Kiara Delva, a spokeswoman for the Miami Police Department, said detectives received a phone call from a relative of Zak Gotay's saying the father wanted to surrender. Detective's called Zak Gotay's cell phone and he arranged to surrender himself to authorities at a Walmart store in the 1400 block of Northeast 163rd Street.

The children were with Gotay when he was arrested at the Walmart, Delva said. He faces a charge of occupied burglary.

"The kids were in great spirit and not harmed. Mother and kids have been reunited," Delva said.

 

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