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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A woman 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 pleaded not guilty Friday to kidnapping and other charges.

Talia Gore, 31, was ordered held on $250,000 bail.

Deputy District Attorney C.J. Mody told Judge David Szumowski that Gore befriended the 16-year-old mother as she pushed her baby in a stroller Wednesday near the downtown college campus.

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

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

Gore and the teenage mother eventually returned to the City College area and Gore encouraged the mother to go to the Garfield High School campus to get paperwork needed to enroll in the teen mother program, police said.

Around 1 p.m, Gore 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 Gore 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 Gore, the baby and stroller were broadcast to patrol officers.

About 3:25 p.m., SDPD 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.

Mody said Gore was on probation in San Diego and had warrants from Riverside County and the state of Pennsylvania. According to court records, Gore pleaded guilty in April 2010 to stealing a truck in San Diego.

In September 2009, the defendant was charged with writing bad checks in Riverside County. She was also convicted for bad checking writing and theft in 2007 and 2008 in Pennsylvania, according to court records.

Gore faces nearly 12 years in prison if convicted of felony kidnapping and child abduction and misdemeanor counts of false impersonation and giving false information to a police officer, Mody said.

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