Parents of kidnapping victim speak out
[trib_ndn vid=24882470]ESCONDIDO, Calif. – The parents of a 14-year-old Escondido boy spoke Thursday about how alleged predator Tony McLeod targeted their son through an online game.
Escondido Police said McLeod initially contacted the teen through a Playstation game and their contact escalated to explicit text messages. The child’s parents said they found those text messages when doing a regular check of his phone.
“We feel we did what was possible,” said the victim’s father. “Taking immediate action and contacting the authorities upon finding out explicit details, texts and conversations.”
While that investigation was ongoing, the parents said they removed their son’s access to the internet and restricted his cell phone use. Despite precautions, investigators said McLeod was able to travel to Escondido Monday and take the child with him to Los Angeles International Airport.
“There is indication that there was planning involved and that they had communicated beforehand,” said Det. Damian…
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