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Updated: May 19, 2013 7:41AM

As authorities questioned the mother of Bryeon Hunter, the missing 1-year-old boy, her family waited anxiously and angrily in the lobby of the Maywood Police Department.

Lakeshia Baker’s family stood by her despite police saying that her story — that she had been abducted and beaten by three men who abducted the child — was not true.

“They need to find the men who took our baby,” said Baker’s aunt, Doris Lloyd.

Baker’s family said the woman’s boyfriend, who is not the father of the missing child, also was being questioned. Police also questioned Baker’s other son, a 4-year-old, who is in the custody of relatives.

Police on Wednesday searched the Des Plaines River near 1st Avenue and Lake Street but the search was called off because of inclement weather. Bloodhounds also were dispatched to look for the boy.

Baker initially told police three men abducted Bryeon from her and drove off in a sports car Tuesday. But on Wednesday, police said that wasn’t accurate.

“We believe this to be an isolated event and not one that was described as three men committing an abduction,” said Maywood Police Chief Tim Curry.

Baker, who was on TV news appealing for her son’s return, had a black eye.

Curry confirmed the mother was beaten, but said police don’t know the identity of the culprit.

Brenda Lloyd, Baker’s mother, said she received a call Tuesday afternoon from a Loyola University Medical Center social worker who told her there was an emergency.

“I started screaming because anytime they tell you to get to the hospital right away you know it’s bad,” Brenda Lloyd said. “She put Lakeshia on the phone and Lakeshia told me, ‘Mom, they beat me up.’” Lloyd added her daughter said the men punched her, kicked her and struck her with sticks before taking the boy.

After Baker was released from the hospital, she went to the Maywood police station where she was taken in for questioning. She remained there on Wednesday evening, Brenda Lloyd said.

“At that point we thought they would release her quickly. We had no idea they were going to keep her,” Lloyd said. “We waited and waited and it turned into an all night thing and we’re still here. No one is telling us anything.”

The 4-year-old was brought to the police station Wednesday for questioning and was with police until Wednesday evening. When he was back in his grandmother’s arms, he threw up and the family left the police station.

When Lloyd and her family were called to the river Wednesday they feared the worst, but weren’t given any information by authorities, she said.

“As far as we’re concerned, Bryeon is at someone’s house and were hoping he’s safe and unharmed and will be found soon,” Baker’s uncle, Herbert Morris, said.

On Tuesday, an Illinois AMBER Alert was issued after the mother told police her son was taken by force during an attack. She told officers that three men grabbed the boy near 6th and Main at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. They put the toddler in a black, two-door sports car with tinted windows and drove off, she told Maywood police.

The mother told investigators she argued with the same men several days ago.

The boy is described as about 2 feet tall and weighing 30 pounds. Police said he has brown hair and brown eyes and just got a haircut.

He was wearing a two-toned, blue, striped, long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and blue and brown Nike boots.

Contributing: Frank Main, Becky Schlikerman and Mitch Dudek

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