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Kidnapping suspect with face tattoo may be with kids in Mexico

November 29, 2013|By Joseph Serna and Victoria Kim

The search continued Friday for a Los Angeles parolee with mental health problems suspected of kidnapping his two children.

Charles Baines, 36, has a shaved head and the words “Drug Cartel” tattooed on his left cheek and is believed to be in Mexico with his two sons, who are 9 and 10 years old.

Baines is accused of taking the boys from his mother's Harbor City home Wednesday night. He whisked the boys away in his father’s car while his mom slept, authorities said.

Baines' mother and father have custody of his children.

Baines was driving a red Kia Spectra with the license plate number 6FMN288 and may be in Mexico, officials said. The car belonging to his father has been reported stolen.

Officials described Baines as 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 270 pounds.

Anyone with information about Baines or the children’s whereabouts has been asked to contact the Carson Sheriff's Station at (310) 830-1123. They can also anonymously call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or use the website 


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