1-year-old kidnapped from American Fork home has been rescued, police say

Feb 10, 2021, 10:44 AM | Updated: 4:43 pm

AMERICAN FORK — A 1-year-old baby was rescued by police Tuesday after she was allegedly kidnapped from her bedroom in American Fork by a man who had been reportedly been stalking her mother, American Fork police said.

Police responded to a report of a kidnapping at a home in American Fork at around 6:40 a.m., according to a press release. The mother told police that someone had entered the back door and entered the baby’s room, taking the child. The mother told police that she heard a vehicle drive off and she could hear her daughter crying.

Mother reports stalker

The mother reported that a man named Aaron Castro had been allegedly stalking her, according to the release, which noted that Castro is not the baby’s biological father. Castro, of Lindon City, was contacted by Lindon officers at his residence at the request of American Fork Police Department. Shortly after American Fork police contacted Lindon City police, dispatch received a 911 call from one of Castro’s family members who said she found a baby outside her residence with Castro, according to police.

Lindon officers arrived at the residence and positively identified the baby as the one who had been kidnapped from the residence in American Fork, police said. Lindon police contacted Castro inside his residence and transported him back to American Fork Police Department for an interview.

Baby doing well now

The baby was taken to a local hospital by ambulance as a precaution because officers on scene described her as “lethargic.” The baby was released to her parents and is doing well, according to the statement.

Castro was described by his family and the baby’s mother as having a history of mental illness.

According to officials, Castro had told detectives that he had gone to weight train at a recreation center in Pleasant Grove when the baby was kidnapped. He claimed that when he arrived home from the recreation center the baby was in the driveway of his residence, police said.

The release stated that Pleasant Grove officers contacted employees of the recreation center, who reviewed surveillance video with officers, determining that Castro hadn’t been at the center at or near the time of the incident.

Police said that in an interview with Castro’s family member she said that she had awoken around 7 a.m. to the sound of a baby crying. The woman got out of bed and found the baby outside on the ground while Castro was near his vehicle with multiple car doors open, according to the release.

Castro was arrested and booked into jail by American Fork detectives on suspicion of child kidnapping, burglary of a residence and child abuse. The case will be further screened by the Utah County Attorney’s Office. The investigation is ongoing.

This story originally appeared on

Today’s Top Stories

All News

Utah homes are recording high levels of radon gas. 
Photo credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News...
Heather Kelly and Elizabeth Weiler

Utah homes have some of the highest levels of radon gas

New research finds that Utah homes have the 5th highest levels of radon gas when compared to the rest of the nation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that one in 15 homes in the U.S. have dangerous levels of radon gas. Utah is at much higher risk, as the agency found one in […]
14 hours ago
Shoppers wait in line outside a retail warehouse as people rush to prepare for Tropical Storm Ian, ...
Holly Yan and Nouran Salahieh, CNN

Hurricane Ian could be ‘something that we haven’t seen in our lifetime,’ Tampa forecaster says

While Ian is forecast to become a "major hurricane" based on wind speeds, storm surges can be even deadlier than the winds, said Michael Brennan, acting deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
14 hours ago
Image of the semi-truck that broke through the concrete barrier and rolled into the embankment (Pho...
Chandler Holt

Semi driver dies after driving off side of roadway

A semi drove off the right side of the road, breaking through the concrete barrier, on US-6 at milepost 185 in Spanish Fork canyon.
14 hours ago
The White House to ask for less money to fund border wall...

Increase in Venezuelan migration is felt across US

Dave and Dujanovic discuss the causes of immigration and are joined by U of U political science professor. Listen live at 10:05 EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — It cost Nerio two months and everything he had to get from Venezuela to the U.S., traveling mainly by foot and watching as exhausted fellow migrants were assaulted […]
14 hours ago
Apartments for rent in Sugar House on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)...
Kate Davis, Amie Schaeffer

Utah rental prices continue to soar

The cost of renting has skyrocketed in Utah. The price to rent in the state increased more in the past two years more over the two last years than they did in the decade prior.
14 hours ago
A Bluffdale crash between that involved a semi-truck left one person dead on Monday, Sept. 26.  (St...
Amie Schaeffer

Bluffdale crash involving semi-truck kills one

One person has died in an accident in Bluffdale. The crash involved a semi-truck and happened early Monday morning.
14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
1-year-old kidnapped from American Fork home has been rescued, police say