Arrest warrant issued for mom in abduction

An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for a Las Vegas mother being investigated in the possible abduction of her toddler son from a home in Fruita, according to court records.

The warrant for Chelsea Leavitt, 34, was filed under seal at the Mesa County Justice Center, and the charge or charges associated with the case were not public record. The felony warrant has a $3,000 bond.

Fruita Police Department Sgt. John Coughran said police were in contact with Leavitt, and an investigation remains active with respect to child-custody issues in the case.

Anthony Nocedal Jr., 2, was last seen in diapers around 3 p.m. Wednesday in the front yard of 533 Harrison Ave., when the boy’s father reported him missing. Authorities on Wednesday said they did not believe Anthony was in danger.

His mother’s specific whereabouts were unknown Thursday.

The boy’s father, Anthony Nocedal, said Leavitt was legally prohibited from taking their child outside Colorado without his permission.

Nocedal said he left the boy in the front yard when he went inside the house to check on food cooking on the kitchen stove. Nocedal said he believed the boy was safe because his girlfriend had just pulled up to the home in her car. The couple estimated they were inside the home no more than three minutes before noticing Anthony was gone.


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