John Tuong originally ended up babysitting the boy after his sister asked him to watch her boyfriend’s son. Tuong’s sister promised to return the next day, but never came back for the boy and didn’t respond to Tuong's text messages.
“It’s probably the craziest thing I’ve ever heard,” Tuong told Komo News. “It’s like something out of a movie.”
Authorities issued an Amber Alert on Tuesday night after learning that the toddler had been kidnapped from his home in Des Moines, Washington. Tuong and his wife had no idea about the kidnapping until the next morning, when Tuong was eating breakfast and happened to see an Amber Alert on his Facebook feed.
“All of a sudden I see this Amber Alert for this child,” Tuong said. “And it looks like this child in my bed, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God! What’s going on?’”
Police later arrested Tuong’s sister in connection with the kidnapping. According to authorities, the sister and the child’s grandmother allegedly went to the boy’s home, incapacitated his mother with a Taser and drove the mother to a house in Fife where they tied her up in a garage.
The mother escaped and ran to a neighbor's for help, Komo News reports. She was not seriously injured during the kidnapping.
According to Tuong, the boy was a great kid and didn’t cry much. He enjoyed the company of Tuong’s dog and his own children.
Tuong noted that he can’t believe his sister got wrapped up in such a horrible situation with her boyfriend.
"Honestly I'm at a loss for words right now," he said. "It's just crazy."
Sources: Komo News, The Seattle Bulletin
Photo Credit: Komo News