Authorities in north Texas fear a couple may have fled the U.S. for Asia after selling their six-year-old son. Federal agencies now are involved in the search.
Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez was reported missing on March 20. But no one can confirm seeing him since November 2022, according to officials.
“The rumor is that this child may have been sold,” Everman Police Chief Craig Spencer said at a Monday news briefing covered by KXAS-TV. He called the social media speculation a “distinct possibility.”
An Amber Alert was issued for the boy and his mother, Cindy Rodriguez-Singh, 27. However, it was canceled on March 26 because authorities did not believe other children were at risk.
A child welfare investigator questioned Rodriguez-Singh at her home in the Fort Worth suburb of Everman. She claimed the boy was with his father in Mexico. Police say that's a lie, because the father is helping in the search.
“It appeared to the investigator that the mother was intentionally evading authorities,” Spencer said.
Spencer added that Rodriguez-Singh obtained a visa on March 21 to travel to India. She left Dallas-Fort Worth Airport two days later with her new husband and six children, traveling via Istanbul, Turkey.
KDFW-TV reported that the family lived in a former shed, after living on the property for nine years.
"They’re scared they’re going to get in trouble with the law," building owner Charlie Parson told the TV station.
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Spencer is especially concerned about Rodriguez-Alvarez because the boy is “severely disabled.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram describes it as a lung condition.
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security now are part of the search team.
Police say Rodriguez-Singh has 10 children in all. Three of them live with grandparents.
“Come back and tell me what the heck's going on,” the police chief said Tuesday.
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