Woman Held After Missing Toddler Found in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (KTLA) — Mystery surrounds the case of a missing toddler from Los Angeles who turned up in Kentucky this week.

Police in Lexington are holding a woman claiming to be 17-month-old Alouette Day-Moreno’s grandmother.

Officers at the University of Kentucky became suspicious of 62-year-old Maria Baltierra-Dejesus when they saw her pushing the toddler in a stroller in 20 degree weather without shoes, socks, or a jacket.

The woman produced a copy of the girl’s birth certificate.

Investigators then found that Alouette was reported missing in Los Angeles back in October.

The girl is now in the care of child protective services.

Baltierra-Dejesus is being held on suspicion of child endangerment and custodial interference.

Investigators declined to reveal Alouette’s parents whereabouts.

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