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Missing Toddler Found with Man in Texas Motel

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Holman Hernandez is given his bond conditions as he charged win the Amber Alert kidnapping of a three-year-old girl over the weekend on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 in Houston. | Image by Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle

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On Sunday, Houston police found a missing 3-year-old girl who was the subject of an AMBER Alert; she was in a motel room with a man who resisted arrest but was eventually taken into custody.

No officers were injured, and no weapons were found at the scene of her discovery on August 21. At 3:43 p.m., Houston Police tweeted that the AMBER Alert was canceled, and the child had been safely located.

The charges against Hernandez are as of yet unspecified. Police said they were unsure whether there was an existing connection between Hernandez and the girl.

The Houston police initially received a call at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday about a missing child.

The girl’s parents had gone to sleep at about 11 p.m. Saturday. When they woke up early Sunday morning, their apartment door was open, and their daughter was missing, they told the police.

After searching around their apartment complex, the parents called the police. Officers arrived to search the area.

An apartment resident informed officers that they saw a man with the girl. The suspect was identified as Holman Hernandez.

At 2 p.m., officers found Hernandez’s vehicle at a nearby motel, about a block away from the girl’s apartment complex. The motel manager informed officers that Hernandez rented a room at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Officers reportedly approached the room and knocked on the door. After no one answered, officers forced their way inside and discovered the missing girl in the room with Hernandez.

The girl was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

“We’re all blessed. The family is blessed that the kid appears to be OK,” HPD Chief Troy Finner said. “To see the father and that kid in the ambulance and being able to talk to the father and the kid … it’s amazing.”

The Houston-based Texas Center for the Missing works to educate loved ones and authorities on finding missing people. From resources that deal with missing people — from children to endangered adults — the non-profit organization has resources to help.

There is no 24-hour waiting period required to report a missing person, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

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Phyllis Tschetter
Phyllis Tschetter
2 months ago

Stricke while the iron is hot

Mary
Mary
2 months ago

The kid is a child, why couldn’t they say child.

Anita Tovar
Anita Tovar
2 months ago

He could have referred to the “kid” as a child.

Stevens Sylvia
Stevens Sylvia
Reply to  Anita Tovar
1 month ago

my Dad would say kids are baby goats not children

Aaliyah Moten-Jenkins
Aaliyah Moten-Jenkins
Reply to  Stevens Sylvia
5 days ago

Exactly what I always say. Kudos to your Dad

Mary Ellen Sowa
Mary Ellen Sowa
1 month ago

Have they found the 3yr old missing from San Antonio

Crystal Paiz
Crystal Paiz
1 month ago

Why didn’t the parents call the cops as soon as they saw the 3 year old child missing ?????

Liz
Liz
Reply to  Crystal Paiz
25 days ago

Because 3 yr olds can open doors and the first sensible thing to do is actually look for her. 🙄

Kathy Kelley
Kathy Kelley
24 days ago

A “ kid” is a Billy goat. This is a CHILD!!!!

Margarita
Margarita
6 days ago

Thank God child was located!!!
That is not always the case!!!!

Carlos Rodriguez
Carlos Rodriguez
3 days ago

Very sad. Hope the little girl is doing well.