Missing Los Angeles toddler found months later in Kentucky
A 17-month-old girl was found in Kentucky by University of Kentucky police officers after being abducted from Los Angeles in October. According to Lexington’s WKYT, Alouette Day-Moreno-Baltierra is in custody of Child Protective Services after being found by UK campus police officers Jennifer Ockerman and Emily Smith.
Ockerman and Smith were on duty Thursday when they saw a woman pushing a stroller on campus, but noticed that the baby wasn’t appropriately dressed for the cold weather. Acting on a “gut feeling” that something was amiss, the officers took the woman into custody and began to investigate.
They quickly identified the child as Day-Moreno-Baltierra and the woman with her as the child’s grandmother, Maria Baltierra-Dejesus, 62, of New York.
The child was reported missing on October 15 by her mother, Dominique Baltierra, who returned to Los Angeles Police Department headquarters the next day saying that she wanted to cancel the missing persons report. When pressed, LAPD spokesperson Norma Eisenman said, she could not produce the child and became evasive in answering questions about her whereabouts.
The Department of Family and Children’s Services put a warrant into its system for both the child and her grandmother on October 16.
UK Police captain Joe Monroe said in a statement on Friday, “This is an example of where the responding officers followed a gut feeling that something just wasn’t right with the situation.”
“Family members were financially supporting the alleged grandmother since the baby has been missing, since October, while she’s been on the run with the child,” said Monroe. “We’ve received word [that] on one occasion she’s tried to leave the country with the baby, possibly a second time.”
Baltierra-DeJesus was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and custodial interference in Kentucky. She could face additional charges in California.
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