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Kidnapping suspect caught, baby safe with mom

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SAN DIEGO (CNS/News 8) - A baby girl abducted Wednesday near San Diego City College by a woman posing as a child-care worker was later found safe by San Diego police, who arrested the woman, authorities said.

The suspect has been identified by police as 31-year-old Talia Gone.

The baby's mother was walking near a child-development center at the East Village campus shortly after 1 p.m. when the suspect approached and identified herself as an employee at the college's day-care facility, police said. The suspect offered to take the 2-month-old girl into the nursery.

"She said she could take care of the child while the mom went to take care of her business," said Lt. Andra Brown of the San Diego Police Dept.

"The mother entrusted her two-month-old baby to this woman who represented herself as a child care provider," Lt. Brown added. "In fact, she saw her push the baby stroller inside the Child Development Center."

When the teenage mother returned about 15 to 20 minutes later, the baby and the suspect were gone, police said.

"It turns out she was not a child care provider and she abducted the child," Lt. Brown said.

Officers fanned out through the downtown area in an effort to find the infant and the suspect. Shortly before 4 p.m., an officer saw a woman matching the description of the abductor with a baby at a trolley station in San Ysidro. The suspect was detained, questioned and arrested, and the baby was recovered.

Gone will be booked for kidnapping, child abduction and child endangerment.

After being examined at Children's Hospital, it was determined that the baby was not injured and she was reunited with her mother.

City College officials say the suspect and the baby's mother were not affiliated with the school in any way.

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