EL CAJON (CNS) - A woman who took her 3-week-old niece from the Spring Valley home of the child's grandmother pleaded guilty Friday to child abduction.
Deborah Ann Fowler, 46, will be sentenced to probation at a June 3 hearing at the El Cajon Courthouse, said Deputy District Attorney Carlos Campbell.
According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, 3-week-old Anissa Von Goerlitz was reported missing about 11:15 a.m. on April 5 by her grandmother, her legal guardian.
The older woman told deputies that Fowler had taken the baby without permission.
Sheriff's personnel began looking through stretches of riverbed and other brush-choked terrain off the 10600 block of Vine Street in Lakeside in the late afternoon, after an SUV belonging to Fowler was found in the area.
The baby was found safe with Fowler about 8 p.m., according to authorities.