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Missing Toddler from L.A. Found in Kentucky

A toddler reported missing from Los Angeles turned up safely in Kentucky with a woman claiming to be her grandmother.

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LADERA HEIGHTS, Calif. (KTLA) — The father of a missing 17-month old girl from Los Angeles who turned up in Kentucky last week spoke exclusively to KTLA.

Mathew Scott Day says he was there in the hospital when his daughter Alouette Day-Moreno was born.

But, he says he has had very little contact with his her since.

“They’ve actually moved several times since Alouette’s been born,” Day said. “At that time Dominique (Alouette’s mother) and I had already split up. We were already separated because of her mom.”

Police in Lexington are holding a woman claiming to be Alouette’s grandmother.

Officers at the University of Kentucky became suspicious of 62-year-old Maria Baltierra-Dejesus Dec. 27 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.

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

Alouette, who’s mother is believed to be somewhere in Europe, has been taken to child protective services.

Day is hoping to fly to Kentucky to be reunited with his daughter soon.

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.

LEXINGTON, KY — A 17-month-old girl reported missing from Los Angeles back in October has been found safe.

Alouette Day-Moreno-Baltierra was found on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington with a woman claiming to be her grandmother.

Campus police received a phone call Thursday evening notifying them of a woman behaving suspiciously on university grounds, WKYT reports.

Responding officers questioned the woman and discovered the girl had been reported missing from Los Angeles on Oct. 15.

A missing persons report filed by the Los Angeles Police Department in October stated that the young girl “may be in the company of her grandmother.”

The grandmother, identified as Maria Baltierra-DeJesus, was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and custodial interference in Kentucky.

She could face additional charges in California.

The child is currently in the care of Child Protective Services.

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