The Mankato Department of Public Safety issued an alert Monday night about a three-month-old baby who had been taken by his father on March 18th and not returned to the mother, and a few hours later 25-year-old Gabriel Lara dropped the baby off safely at the public safety center.

Investigators believed Lara and his son may have been in the Willmar area.

They said he was avoiding contact with the mom and refusing to bring the baby back.