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Father accused of abducting South Lake Tahoe youngsters

Two South Lake Tahoe children were found in Mexico, two weeks after they were allegedly abducted by their father, who reportedly had failed to return them to their mother following a visit.

Scott Selger was arrested Thursday in the Rosarito Beach area of Mexico by the Baja California State Preventive Police, accused of abducting his two 9-year-old children, according to an El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office news release. The children were recovered and released to their mother unharmed, officials said.

Selger, the children’s father, was to have returned them by Aug. 15 to their mother, who lives in South Lake Tahoe, but instead took them to Mexico, allegedly with no intention of returning them. Realizing that her children were not on their scheduled return flight home, the mother contacted authorities and began the legal process to get them returned, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Investigator Bryan Kuhlmann, with the El Dorado County district attorney’s South Lake Tahoe office, along with family members, spent hours communicating off and on with Selger over the past week via Skype and on the phone to try to negotiate the children’s return. Authorities said Selger was unwilling to return the children in accordance with court orders.

Based on information gathered during the investigation, authorities believed Selger was in the Rosarito area of Baja California. About 2 p.m. Thursday, his vehicle was found in Rosarito, and he and the children were nearby. The Baja California State Preventive Police arrested Selger at that location and the children were immediately returned to their mother, who was with special agents from the California Department of Justice and Kuhlmann.

Selger will be deported to the United States and eventually will be arraigned in El Dorado County, according to the District Attorney’s Office. His current bail is set at $500,000.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy