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Mother Wanted for Kidnapping her Son

BIG BEAR:( Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 3-year-old boy who police say was kidnapped by his mother.

According to authorities, the child’s father Anthony Tummarello had made numerous attempts to contact the child’s mother Melissa Epperley in an effort to visit the child. Tummarello stated he had not been allowed to see his son in 11 months due to the child’s mother purposely not allowing him to see their son.

In January 2014, police responded to a service call regarding child concealment at a residence located on the 400 block of San Bernardino Avenue in Sugarloaf. Deputies’ attempts to contact Melissa Epperley directly were unsuccessful. Epperley’s family members did not cooperate with deputies during the course of the investigation.

The matter was subsequently forwarded to the Child Abduction Unit of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for review and filing of criminal charges. The District Attorney’s Office recently filed a complaint against Melissa Epperley on felony charges of kidnapping. A warrant in the amount of $650,000 has been issued for Epperley’s arrest.

Melissa Epperley is described as white female adult, 5’7” tall, 115 lbs., with dark brown waist-length hair and brown eyes. Epperley is depicted with her son in the attached photograph.

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of Melissa Epperley or her 3-year-old son, Anthony Tummarello, Jr., is requested to contact the Detective’s Bureau of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station at (909) 866-0100. Information can also be reported anonymously by contacting WETIP at (800) 87-CRIME or online at

(source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)

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