UPDATE: Missing child found safe in Virginia

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UPDATE:  Jaxson Patel has been recovered, according to the Charleston Police Department, and Aaron Mathew Taylor is in police custody.  Both were located in Haymarket, VA by Virginia State Troopers.  We will continue to update this as more information becomes available.


The Charleston Police Department is looking for a 20 month old boy who was taken Tuesday, March 24, 2015.  Jaxson Patel was in Charleston, WV with his maternal grandmother when Aaron Mathew Taylor, claiming to be his father, took the child, telling the grandmother he would return him to his mother, Mercedes Robinson, later that day.

Around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, Robinson contacted the departed and told them the child had not been returned.  Officers contacted Taylor several times throughout the day, but he did not return the child and has since stopped talking with police.

Taylor was last seen in a silver Toyota RAV4 with West Virginia license plate number 9JT495 in the area of Berry Wood Road on the South Side of Charleston and may be in the company of Jennifer Leeann Cook.  Officers ask that anyone one with information contact the Charleston Police Department at 304-348-6480.

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