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* Officers located Samantha Serna Vargas with her father, Eduardo Vargas who was arrested for abducting her

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A 3-year-old girl is safe with her mother tonight after allegedly being abducted by her father from her East Palo Alto home late Sunday, police said.Officers located Samantha Serna Vargas with her father, Eduardo Vargas, on a residential street in Redwood City at about 6 p.m., East Palo Alto police said. Officers arrested Eduardo Vargas, 29, and then reunited the girl with her mother. An investigation into the alleged abduction began at about 11:20 p.m. when the girl’s mother call police to her home in the 1700 block of Woodland Avenue.The mother said her estranged boyfriend Eduardo Vargas, Samantha’s biological father, had taken Samantha after the adults had gotten into a fight, East Palo Alto police Detective Angel Sanchez said earlier today.Police said they initially had few leads, but knew Eduardo Vargas has ties to Redwood City. Investigators also had a description of his vehicle.Police said they located the father and daughter this evening after receiving a phone call with information on Eduardo Vargas’ whereabouts.

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