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Questions emerge around initial kidnapping report

When 2-year-old Nain Dominguez was reported missing Saturday evening from the Stratmoor Hill Trailhead Park in El Paso County there was reason to believe that someone in a white panel van had kidnapped him.

Nain Dominquez was found suffering from life-threatening injuries, and later died in hospital.

courtesy Dominquez family

Nain Dominquez was found suffering from life-threatening injuries, and later died in hospital.

But those fears were discounted even before the toddler was discovered in grave condition near the park. Nain was found at 7:18 a.m. Sunday morning, taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports a nearby resident said the boy’s shoes were found in Fountain Creek, a possible indication of an accident. The boy had last been seen with an older sibling.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has not said where Nain was found.

An Amber Alert was issued at 9:19 p.m., more than three hours after Nain was reported missing at 5:41 p.m. The alert indicated that someone in a white van with no rear windows had possibly taken the child. People across the Colorado Springs metro area tweeted and called in reports of seeing a van matching that description.

But a tweet just after midnight Sunday morning by the Colorado Department of Public Safety indicated that authorities no longer believed someone had abducted the boy even though he hadn’t been found.

Nain Dominguez was discovered about seven hours later and the Amber Alert was deactivated just before 8 a.m., said Susan Medina, spokeswoman for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

It’s unclear what prompted authorities to make that announcement, but the Colorado Department of Public Safety tweeted it no longer believed “the van and suspect information previously
provided are related to Nain’s disappearance.”

“Obviously there are a lot of questions about the van,” Medina said. “Amber Alerts are very fluid. We release information based on what we have at the time.”

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