Kidnapped Baby Reunited With Mother in California

Accused kidnapper, Talia Gone in court May 6, 2011.

Accused kidnapper, Talia Gone in court May 6, 2011.

It will definitely be a happy and thankful Mother's Day for one mom.

A mother and her baby were reunited on Wednesday after the infant was kidnapped in San Diego, Calif. 

Talia Gone is accused of abducting a 2-month-old baby from her teenage mother after posing as a worker for a daycare center at San Diego City College, Fox 5 News reports.

The ordeal began when Gone befriended the 16-year-old mother as she pushed her baby in a stroller Wednesday near the college campus, Deputy District Attorney C.J. Mody told Judge David Szumowski.

Police said Gone struck up a conversation about the baby and told the teen about a program for young mothers at the college.

According to Mody, Gone bought food for the mother and baby at Jack in the Box and also stopped by a store to buy them some clothes.

Gone and the teenage mother eventually returned to the City College area and Gone encouraged the mother to go inside and get paperwork needed to enroll in the teen mother program, police said.

Then Gone allegedly told the mother she would take the baby into the campus' Child Development Center to care for her in the meantime. The mother watched as Gone pushed the baby stroller to the center, then left, only to return five minutes later to find that her baby was not there, Mody said.

Police were notified, and a description of Gone, the baby and stroller were broadcast to patrol officers.

About an hour later, San Diego Police Department Officer Michelle Hansen saw a woman matching the suspect's description exit a trolley in San Ysidro with a stroller and a baby fitting the missing infant's description, the prosecutor said.

Police returned the unharmed child to her mother later the same day.

"We really have to commend the San Diego Police Department for the outstanding job they did on this case,'' the prosecutor told reporters outside the courtroom.

Gone, 31, pleaded not guilty Friday to kidnapping and other charges.

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