Missing Austin Toddler Found Safe In Mexico; Mother Charged In Abduction

A 3-yard-old Austin boy was found safe south of Tijuana, Mexico last Wednesday, Sept. 18, after he was abducted by his mother on Aug. 11.

Aedan Daehnke was abducted by his mother, Amie Sandlin, on August 11, following a custodial visit. A felony warrant from Scott Circuit Court for custodial interference and escape were issued for Sandlin on August 15. The warrants were issued out of the Scott County courts after she failed to return Aedan to his father.

The 3-year-old was listed on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Website and after several tips and days of investigation the Austin child and his abductor were located approximately 30 miles south of the Tijuana.

Mexican authorities along with the United States Marshall’s Office Fugitive Task Force from San Diego, CA, took Amie Sandlin into custody and she was extradited back to the United States. Aedan was taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services of California and was reunited with his father who took custody of him.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Marshall’s Service Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force, Indiana State Police and the Austin City Police Department took part in the investigation.

Amie Sandlin will be extradited from San Diego to Scott County to face charges.

This investigation is continuing, authorities said.