A missing California toddler found in Kentucky Friday was reportedly abducted by her grandmother. The baby, 17-month-old Alouette Day-Moreno-Baltierra, was suffering from early frostbite symptoms when she was found with the woman, who was arrested for child endangerment. However, the story behind the October Amber Alert is a bit confusing.
In a Dec. 28 report, CBS Local in Los Angeles confirmed the Southern California toddler was found at the University of Kentucky.
Thanks to the observations of a pair of university police officers at the Lexington campus, the missing child case ended in the best possible way.
“This is an example of where the responding officers followed a gut feeling that something just wasn’t right with the situation. We have been working with the Child Protective Services, LAPD and the FBI to make sure that we get Alouette returned safely to her legal custodian,” said University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe on the missing California child found in Kentucky.
According to an ABC News report, campus police officers Jennifer Ockerman and Emily Smith observed Maria Baltierra-Dejesus, 62, pushing a stroller with a baby inside. However, even with the frigid temperatures, the toddler was not wearing any footwear, head-covering or gloves. Obviously, this concerned the officers, who approached the woman about the matter.
However, the woman, who described herself as the child’s grandmother, would not provide any additional information about her business out in the cold. What’s more, she tried to hide the baby’s face after being observed in the restricted area.
The campus authorities contacted local police, who investigated the woman further. They soon confirmed the woman was the child’s grandmother. However, information contained in the computer showed that the California toddler just found in Kentucky was reported missing by her mother on Oct. 15.
Additional information suggested the woman was receiving financial support from relatives during her travels. Moreover, she was attempting to leave the country with the child. While the matter is sorted out the Amber Alert was canceled and the child was placed in protective custody.
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