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Riviera Beach boy, 7, found safe; father taken into custody after traffic stop on I-75 in north Florida

Amber Alert for Christian Simeus canceled
Christian Simeus, child, and Jean Simeus, abductor
Posted at 6:38 PM, Feb 25, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-25 23:40:05-05

RIVIEREA BEACH, Fla. — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement canceled an Amber Alert for a 7-year-old Riviera Beach boy Sunday night, just a few hours after it was issued.

According to the FDLE, Christian Simeus has been found safe.

Shortly thereafter, Riviera Beach police said in a news release that the boy's father, Jean Simeus, abducted him and has been taken into custody.

Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Serena Spates said Christian was abducted at 1270 W. Third St. while playing at a park.

Spates said the father and son were located in north Florida, where the Florida Highway Patrol pulled over the 44-year-old father's car on Interstate 75. She said Simeus was taken into custody without incident and the boy was reunited with his mother.

Regina Jenkins, who lives near the last seen location of Christian, said she lives next door to the boy's grandparents. She said she was shocked when she saw his face on her phone for an Amber Alert. Jenkins also said he is a normal kid.

"He's just always playing," she said. "You know, never sad, always a happy little boy. ... He'd ride his bike up and down the sidewalk. So he's pretty safe and if he's in the yard playing, he's in the yard playing with his neighbors. Everything he does is safe."