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Woman arrested in apparent kidnapping of infant in downtown San Diego [Updated]

May 4, 2011 |  6:10 pm

San Diego police Wednesday arrested a woman in connection with an apparent kidnapping in downtown San Diego in which a 16-year-old mother was tricked into giving up her 2-month-old girl.

Initial police reports are that the two met at a trolley stop near San Diego City College and the older woman suggested the younger mother enroll her baby in the daycare program for teenage mothers at the college.

The two then allegedly went to the campus, and while the mother was attempting to enroll her baby in the program, the older woman took off with the child.

The woman and baby were discovered three hours later by San Diego police at the trolley step in the Nestor neighborhood, south of downtown.

A college spokesman said the people in the case are not students or employees of the college. The older woman may have tricked the young mother into thinking she was an employee of the child care program, officials said.

[Updated at 7:20 p.m.: Police identified the suspect as Talia Gone. She is being booked on kidnapping, child endangerment, and child abduction charges. The baby, evaluated by paramedics and then doctors at Rady Children's Hospital, is unharmed, police said. Mother and child have been reunited.]

[Updated at 8:17 p.m.: Police now say the suspect is 31, not in her 20s or 19 as police said earlier.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego