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Man in custody after 5-month-old goes missing in Zion

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A "person of interest" in Zion missing baby case being detained (taken by a witness on scene). A "person of interest" in Zion missing baby case being detained (taken by a witness on scene).
ZION, Ill (FOX 32 News) -

Zion police took a man into custody in the case of a 5-month-old infant who went missing from an apartment in the north suburb Tuesday. The search for Joshua Summaries continued Wednesday morning.

Police spent most of Tuesday searching for the baby. Zion Police Chief Wayne Brooks called 5-month-old Summaries' disappearance an isolated incident and said no one else is in danger. But they also said there is a chance he could have been harmed – or worse.

Zion Mayor Lane Harrison said investigators believe the child to be alive.

"We still don't know where the infant is, and it's breaking my heart," Brooks said.

FOX 32 was the only news crew on the scene when police located and took a man into custody.

Police found the boyfriend after canvassing the neighborhood and showing his picture to neighbors.

"He put up no resistance, but it took most of the day to find him," Brooks said.

Witnesses snapped several photos of the man when police first nabbed him. He was walking through the neighborhood about a mile from where he lived with the baby's mother when someone, who police had shown his picture to earlier, recognized the man and called police.

"When they first saw him they tackled him on the ground and then two guys were holding him in the back and they started asking him questions," witness Kevin Garcia said.

That person of interest is being questioned at the Zion Police Department as part of the active investigation.

According to a FOX 32 News source, Summaries was crying in an apartment on the 2300 block of Galilee Avenue in Zion. The boyfriend of the boy's mother said he would go handle the crying infant.

The man stepped outside and when he returned, an argument ensued. A short time later, the woman left and called police saying her child had been abducted.

"The caller indicated that unknown persons had abducted the missing infant," Brooks said. "Responding officers found some evidence to believe that the circumstances surrounding this missing infant were suspicious."

Neighbors said the couple had just moved in a couple of weeks ago and they had heard a lot of arguing, as recently as Tuesday night. Police said there were indications in the apartment that the baby may have been harmed.

"The evidence is suspicious," Brooks says. "We get calls all the time about missing children usually a bit older, usually they're found in their room sleeping, but not like that. This is something more, this is different so we needed to call out everything we could bear and didn't hesitate to do so."

Brooks explained a bio-hazard sticker placed by police on the front door of the apartment where the abduction occurred by saying: "There could be any fluids, but we're not talking about a horrendous scene, but just enough to think things aren't right here."

A massive police search ensued with bloodhounds and other K-9 units involved. Dogs reportedly followed the scent of the baby and boyfriend outside, but then lost it. Dozens of other agencies, totaling more than 100 officers, community-service officers and Zion Emergency Services and Disaster Agency personnel were actively involved in the search.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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