Girl Reported Missing In CA Found On UK Campus

Dec 28, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- University of Kentucky police have found a child they say was reported missing in California more than two months ago.

A Lexington television station reports university police received a call Thursday night about a suspicious person on campus.

They found a woman with 17-month-old Alouette Day-Moreno-Baltierra. The woman claimed to be the child's grandmother.

Police say the girl had been missing from Los Angeles since October 15.

They do not know why the girl was brought to Kentucky, but she is safe now.

"This is an example of where the responding officers followed a gut feeling that something just wasn’t right with the situation," said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe.  "We have been in working with the Child Protective Services, LAPD and the FBI to make sure that we get Alouette returned safely to her legal custodian."

On Thursday, Dec. 27, UK Police Officers Jennifer Ockerman and Emily Smith observed Maria Baltierra-Dejesus pushing a stroller through a parking lot on campus in the inclement weather with an infant that was not properly dressed for the weather conditions. Upon further investigation it was determined that the child had been reported abducted in California.

Baltierra-Dejesus, a resident of New York, was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and custodial interference by UK Police with further felony charges pending from the state of California.

The child has been placed in the custody of Child Protective Services in Kentucky until further proceedings take place to return her to California.



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