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Motive behind child's kidnapping under investigation

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Stephon San Miguel Stephon San Miguel
Dominique San Miguel Dominique San Miguel
Candace Clark; Sophia Mendez-Deltoro Candace Clark; Sophia Mendez-Deltoro
PHOENIX -

A toddler has been found safe after he went missing from a Motel 6 Thursday – and the boy's father and two women are facing charges.

The details of this story are pretty bizarre, but the good news is that little boy was not hurt.

Police say Stephon's dad checked into that Motel 6 at I-17 and Indian School Road with the toddler and his 5-year-old brother around 4 a.m. That's where he met the two female suspects, and police say they started drinking and doing drugs.

Police say 23-year-old Dominique San Miguel partied with two women he had just met – 31-year-old Candace Clark and 38-year old Sophia Mendez-Deltoro.

San Miguel told detectives he blacked out and woke up 9 hours later, and discovered his wallet, his truck, and his 3-year-old son Stephon were gone.

Police spent hours searching for the child. At around 10:30 p.m., they received the tip they'd been waiting for. A woman who had been watching the news made a phone call.

"The lady saw the broadcast and called 911 and said someone dropped the baby off at 4 this afternoon, I have the child here, he's safe please come and get him," said Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes.

Police went to her home near 21st Avenue and Jefferson and found little Stephon unharmed.

"I don't think this was random that the child was dropped off here, we think the two women know each other, I don't know if she knew who's child that was."

We tried to talk to the homeowner today.

"I'm not going to answer any questions I can't answer your questions," she said.

Police recovered San Miguel's missing truck Thursday night. They found Clark and Mendez-Deltoro still inside. Both were arrested.

At this point, the homeowner isn't looking at any charges, though it's unclear why she would've just allowed a child she didn't know to stay at her house. We also don't know why the suspects dropped him off there in the first place.

They are looking at a long list of charges. Stephon's father was also booked on child neglect and abuse charges.

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