The man suspected of snatching a toddler at the Milpitas library last week walked into court on Tuesday with his head down as he was arraigned on kidnapping charges.
Alfonso Edington, 23, is accused of kidnapping a 3-year-old boy on June 5. Police arrested him less than an hour after he allegedly kidnapped the boy who was standing “a few feet” from his mother.
Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Brandon Cabrera calls the case a “parent’s worst nightmare.”
“There is no indication he knew the victim,” Cabrera said. “They were complete strangers.”
Cabrera said, if convicted of the kidnapping charges, Edington be looking at 11 years in state prison.
Authorities credit an alert VTA bus driver with helping to track down the boy. Police say Tim Watson noticed the boy matched the description of a kidnapped child in an alert from dispatch and called police.
Tuesday was not Edington’s first time in court. Court documents obtained by NBC Bay Area show the Pittsburg man was arrested in downtown Los Gatos on February 25 for battery. Edington pleaded no contest to slugging a man in the face and was sentenced to two years’ probation.
Investigators said Tuesday they still don’t know the motive for the kidnapping.