NORTHRIDGE ( —  The family of a Northridge man feared for his safety Wednesday night.

In January, Dustin Kent went looking for his 5-year-old daughter Adrianna who lives in Peru with her mother. Soon after locating the little girl, Kent was arrested by Peruvian police on kidnapping charges.

The case has created a media frenzy in Peru, where the 32-year-old father could spend the next several decades behind bars.

On Wednesday night, CBS2’s Peter Daut spoke to Kent’s family.

“It’s ludicrous! it’s beyond unimaginable,” Dustin’s father, Bill, said. “It should not be kidnapping, it’s a custody thing. What parent wouldn’t want to find their own child?”

Kent’s father is desperate for his son’s release. His son and Adrianna’s mother, Rose, married in 2007, but they divorced several years later.

After a judge granted the parents shared custody of Adrianna, Rose fled to her native home in Peru with their daughter. This prompted a judge to grant Kent complete custody.

A full year has passed. Kent still does not have Adrianna in his custody. His father says the little girl was kept in hiding.


Only On 2: Northridge Man Behind Bars in Peru For ‘Kidnapping’ His Own Daughter