Man takes baby after beating mom, cops say

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sheriffVALLEY CENTER, Calif. — A manhunt was under way for a high-risk parole who attempted to kill his girlfriend, then snatched their 5-month-old son in the Valley Center area early Tuesday, authorities said.

Kenneth Wayne Welch, 42, is wanted on suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping and other crimes, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies received a call around 1:40 a.m. about a domestic violence incident at a residence on Poomacha Road, dispatch supervisor Shannon Powers- Hereford said.

Once there, they found Welch’s girlfriend suffered from severe head and face injuries and learned that Welch had fled with the couple’s 5-month-old son, also named Kenneth, she said.

Paramedics rushed the victim to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, Powers-Hereford said.

Welch is described as Filipino, 5 feet 10 and 195 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and long hair that he frequently pulls back in braids. He has tattoos and drives a lowered 1994 Toyota truck, with California license plate No. 4X9972 and 20-inch chrome wheels, Powers-Hereford said.

Anyone who spots Welch should call 911 immediately.


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