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Police Safely Locate Missing 3-Year-Old Boy Who Was Lost By Intoxicated Father

Associated Press

October 18, 2010

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After a frantic all-day search, a 3-year-old boy who authorities said was lost by his intoxicated father was found safe Sunday night, sleeping peacefully strapped into his car seat in a parking garage.

Dylan Kurihara was found by a private citizen helping police search for the boy some 25 hours after he was last seen leaving a wedding in an SUV with his father at the wheel, Pasadena police chief Phillip Sanchez told reporters at a news conference.


Dylan Kurihara [Personal Photo]

Sanchez said Dylan appeared to be fine, but paramedics were examining him.

“He is in good shape and none the less for wear,” Sanchez said.

Dylan and his father Joe Kurihara, 23, left the wedding at a Pasadena Masonic lodge at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday night.

About an hour later, police arrested Joe Kurihara on suspicion of public intoxication, police said. The father was alone and on foot and police said he was too drunk to remember he had left the wedding with his child.

The boy’s mother reported the pair missing Sunday morning and set off the search.

Some 50 police officers and many private citizens like Rowdy Mexner, the man who found Dylan, combed Pasadena and surrounding areas for about 14 hours until the boy was found.

Police said they took Kurihara back to the wedding site to jog his memory, but he could not remember where he had left the boy and the car.

Joe Kurihara was being held on $10,000 bail Sunday night. Police reached by phone said they did not know whether he had hired an attorney.

“We’re looking at all possible charges that would be associated with this,” Sanchez said. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Bump SkoolCop.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    I'm glad the little guy was found safe, as for the father he should be in on no bail and they should file every charge possible against him and he should not be allowed to have the boy by himself again.

  • Bearcat_smoke-rgb_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Glad the child is ok. I hope they throw the book at the father..

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    How about failure to provide, abandonment, and ENDANGERMENT. Those are some charges that could be used. Hopefully the mother has more brains than this moron. Although I think she should be arrested for having the poor judgement to have a child with this idiot in the first place.

  • My_kids_027_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    All possible charges sounds pretty good.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Glad the child was found safe. Hope the father does some major jail time.

  • Me_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This Father showed total lack of parent skills and the child doesnt not need to be with this idiot. How can you lose your own child? What has the world come to this days?

  • Radio2_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    BUMP SkoolCop

  • 25-1-13-a_1__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    The actions of this drunken idiot are completely inexcusable. He does NOT deserve the title of "Father" to this or any other child as long as he makes these kinds of choices. I hope the book is thrown at him and that it hits him right between the eyes.

    I am glad that the child was found safe. The end result could have easily been the finding of a dead child.

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