Mom of missing 6-year-old in San Bernardino County arrested

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The mother of a 6-year-old boy in San Bernardino County has been arrested as the search for her son continues.

Duke Flores was reported missing Friday but officials say he may have been gone for over a week.

The family is praying for a miracle.

Duke’s grandmother says she was the last person to see him at his parents’ house in Apple Valley 12 days ago on Apr. 14.

Investigators came out and searched the property towing cars after another relative called the police for a welfare check.

Duke’s cousin, Jennifer Gutierrez, says Duke’s mother has now changed her story about where he went. She says she first told Gutierrez he was with an aunt.

“He’s not with an aunt. There’s no other aunt out here,” Gutierrez said.

Then Gutierrez says that Duke’s mother said he was playing in the front yard when he vanished. She went inside and when she came back out, he was no longer there.

That was reportedly eight days ago on Apr. 18. As for why his parents didn’t report him missing until today?

“And that she was scared to tell anyone,” Gutierrez said.

Dukes family says he has autism and likes to play hide and seek.

Several open areas around the neighborhood have been searched thinking they might find him.

They didn’t, and now they are desperate for help.

“He’s a vibrant and loving boy. He’s only six years old,” Gutierrez said. “Please put yourself in our position and come help.”

The Sheriff’s Department is not calling on any members of the public to do a formal search party but Duke’s family is.

They will be at his Apple Valley home Saturday and anybody that wants to join in prayer or lend their services to searching they say would mean a lot to them.

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