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Two arrested in abduction of toddler

The kidnapping of a 2-year-old boy resulted Saturday in the arrest of two people, including the victim's mother, according the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The boy was first reported missing about 9 a.m. from a hotel in the 11000 block of South Western Avenue, according to Capt. Mike Parker. Deputies searched the area and reviewed hotel security camera footage and determined that he had been walking back and forth in front of the hotel in the pouring rain when a man approached, led him into the hotel, then took him away. Deputies also discovered that the boy's mother, Tajuana Johnson, had taken him from his legal guardians the night before.

Sheriff's deputies traced the suspected kidnapper, later identified as James Brown, to Long Beach and spoke to him over the phone, persuading him to return the child to a Long Beach police station.

Brown was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and marijuana possession, and Johnson was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, according to sheriff's deputies.

The boy appeared unharmed, authorities said.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Jason Song

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Ladies and gentlemen, South LA

great job, tajuana!


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