An 8-year-old boy whose non-custodial mother is suspected of taking him from his elementary school in Carson was safely brought to a police station Thursday and his mother and her boyfriend were arrested, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Dylan Kostenko had last been seen Tuesday at Towne Avenue Elementary School in the 18900 block of Towne Avenue.
The boy’s foster mother arrived about 2:40 p.m. and was informed by school personnel that he had already been picked up by his biological mother, 29-year-old Dariia Kostenko, who lost custody of Dylan last May for undisclosed reasons, according to the sheriff’s department.
A court order allowed only monitored visitation and forbade the woman from picking the boy up at school, sheriff’s officials said.
Security video showed Dylan and Kostenko walking north from the school in a residential area.
About 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Kostenko’s boyfriend walked into the Inglewood police station with the child. Kostenko was located a short distance away and was arrested about 1:30 p.m. and booked on suspicion of kidnapping and child abduction, according to the sheriff’s department.
Kostenko’s boyfriend, identified as 48-year-old Antoine Deshon Eldridge, was booked on suspicion of child abduction and being an accessory to kidnapping after the fact, officials said.
Kostenko, who is from Ukraine, has family in New York state and was also known to frequent the West Los Angeles area, and authorities were concerned that she might leave the country.
A detective said that measures were taken to make sure that did not happen.