ONTARIO, Ore. - Ontario police are now saying they don't know if 39-year-old Eddie Cardona Daniel Sr. has left town, or whether a two-year-old girl considered missing and endangered is with him.
That's a departure from police statements just a few hours ago, when they said the man fled with two-year-old Elida R. Daniel and her three siblings after police launched an investigation into the Tuesday death of his five-month-old son.
Three of the four children who police say were with Daniel and in danger have been found safe. Elida is still missing.
Police originally said all four children were the Oregon Department of Human Services, but had been placed with their mother on the condition that they have no contact with Daniel. Later, police said the oldest child was not in the custody of the Oregon Department of Human Services, is not missing, and had been erroneously included in the search.
Police Chief Mark Alexander says Daniel is not a suspect in the baby's death and there is no warrant out for him. He also isn't certain if Elida is with Daniel. He has declined requests from KTVB to release a photo or other identifying information about Daniel or the missing toddler. Both are Hispanic.
Elida is still considered to be in danger. Alexander says she might be with her mother, Priscilla Gonzales - also not a suspect in the baby's death - or another relative in Ontario or Idaho.
Enough people know the family that we should be able to get accurate information on the location of the child, he wrote in an email.
Daniel's infant son died yesterday at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario. The cause of death is undetermined and an autopsy is scheduled for this week.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Ontario Police Department at 541-889-7266 or a local law enforcement agency.