A 2-month-old baby who was allegedly kidnapped by a woman who pretended to work at a downtown daycare was found safe at a South Bay trolley station, according to police. The suspect was arrested.
The 16-year-old mother was walking with her baby in the area of 11th St and C St about 1 p.m. Wednesday and started talking to a “heavy set” woman walking in the same direction who claimed to work at the San Diego City College Child Development Center, police said.
Talia Gone, 31, allegedly told the mother that the center had programs to help young mothers get an education and encouraged her to go to the campus of Garfield High School to get some paperwork.
Gone allegedly offered to take the baby to the San Diego City College Child Development Center.
Police say the mom went to get some papers to get enrolled into the program and when she returned she realized the gravity of her mistake.
An employee says the mother came into the daycare yelling, "Someone took my baby".
“The mother found the suspect did not work at the college. She called police who began searching for the suspect and the baby,” said Officer Stafford.
Officer Michelle Hansen recognized the baby and the stroller at the Iris Ave trolley station in Otay Mesa at about 3.25 p.m. and took the suspect, identified as Gone, into custody.
“The suspect had changed her clothes,” said Officer Stafford.
Gone is facing several charges including kidnapping, child abduction and child endangerment.
The baby was not injured and was reunited with her mother.