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Woman who kidnapped baby sentenced to six years in prison

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A woman who abducted a 2month-old girl from her teenage mother after posing as a worker for a daycare center at San Diego City College was sentenced Tuesday to six years in state prison.

Talia Gore, 32, pleaded guilty in November to kidnapping and child abduction charges. A prosecutor said outside court Tuesday that a motive for the abduction was unclear.

"We don't really know," Deputy District Attorney C.J. Mody said. "We know the baby was taken, we're not sure exactly why the baby was taken."

Initial reports that Gore was pregnant when she took the child were unfounded, Mody said.

In sentencing Gore, Superior Court Judge Theodore Weathers said she suffered from "significant" mental health issues and had a history of being physically and sexually abused. He recommended that she be placed at a prison where her mental health issues could be treated.

The baby's mother, Cassandra Malone, testified last July that she was approached by Gore on May 4, 2011, while getting off the trolley at City College, where she was taking classes. Malone said Gore told her she worked for a program at the school that could help mothers with babies under 5 years old with daycare and other baby needs.

Gore bought the mom, then 17, and a friend some food and asked her personal questions about herself and her daughter. Malone said Gore offered to watch the baby while she was in class, but she didn't feel right about it and declined.

After Gore and the mother returned to the City College area later the same day, Mody said, Gore encouraged her to go to the Garfield High School campus to enroll in the teen-mother program at the college, telling her she would take the baby to the campus' Child Development Center to care for her in the meantime.

The mother watched as Gore pushed the baby stroller to the center and then left. When she returned to the center five minutes later, her child was not there, Mody said.

Police were notified, and descriptions of Gore, the baby and stroller were broadcast to patrol officers.

A couple of hours later, a San Diego police officer 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 that day.

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