Domenic Smith was taken by his father, Anthony Smith-Dixon, from a home where he was being cared for Thursday night. Domenic's mother had taken out a restraining order against Smith-Dixon, 25, because he may be a risk to her or the child. Police put out an Amber Alert for the boy.
About 2:40 p.m. Friday in Idyllwild, a gas station owner called the police after spotting Domenic with his father in the car described in the Amber Alert.
The Los Angeles Times reported a state Highway Patrol unit intercepted the car. Smith-Dixon was arrested and Domenic was returned to his mother.