Charges Filed Against Father Accused Of Taking Children From Las Cruces

Las Cruces – Charges have been filed against the father who violated a court order and left the county with his children and the FBI has been asked to help locate the three who are believed to be in Mexico.

Alvaro De Leon-Delgado, 44, has been charged with two counts of custodial interference for taking his biological children away from their mother and out of Dona Ana County in violation of a parenting plan filed in District Court.

De Leon's children, 6-year-old Alvaro Jr. and 2-year-old Alessandra, are believed to be with their father and may possibly be headed to Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. A relative saw De Leon with the two children in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Monday evening.

A parental custody arrangement had been agreed upon requiring De Leon's children to stay within Dona Ana County. De Leon reportedly picked up his children from their mother Sunday morning and was to return them on Tuesday afternoon. De Leon picked up Alvaro Jr. from elementary school on Monday afternoon and the three have not been seen in Las Cruces since then.

De Leon does not have his own vehicle but was driven by someone else to Booker T. Washington elementary school in Las Cruces on Monday afternoon where he picked up his son. The vehicle was a white car but no other information is known about the vehicle or who was driving it.

Alvaro De Leon-Delgado is Hispanic and described as being 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighs around 190 pounds. He has short black hair with brown eyes. He has health issues that may contribute to his inability to care for the children.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Alvaro De Leon Sr. or his two children is asked to immediately call 911 or their local law enforcement agency.