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Norwalk girl kidnapped 6 years ago rescued in Phoenix

July 14, 2010 |  7:25 pm

Amber Rose Nicklas in 2003

A 1-year-old girl who was kidnapped six years ago in Norwalk was rescued Wednesday in Phoenix by Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives, authorities said.

The girl was allegedly taken by her three aunts at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Norwalk on Sept. 21, 2003, the Sheriff's Department said.

At the time, the child was in the custody of foster parents. The alleged kidnapping occurred during an approved visit, authorities said.

Detectives began tracking down a number of leads, which ultimately led them to Phoenix, the department said. Detectives, aided by Phoenix police and the FBI, found the child at a home. The girl, now 7, was identified by her birth certificate footprint.

She appeared in good health and was returning with detectives Wednesday evening to Norwalk, according to authorities. The investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made.

-- Robert J. Lopez and Andrew Blankstein

Photo: KTLA