Baby Returned To Mom After Being Abducted At Mall

| by Brendan Kelly
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A 7-week-old baby boys been returned to his mother after being kidnapped in a Philadelphia mall on March 31.

Ahsir Simmons was found safe roughly five hours after being abducted at the King of Prussia mall, according to Upper Merion Township police.

Police said the woman who abducted Ahsir had befriended the baby boy’s family. Before kidnapping him, she sat with the family in the mall’s food court for about 30 minutes.

While in the food court, Ahsir reportedly became fussy, so the woman, who remains unidentified, asked to hold him. His mother said yes while she took a phone call.

At around 5:30 p.m., the woman walked away from the food court with the baby and fled. An Amber Alert was issued roughly four hours later at around 9:30 p.m.

Police reviewed and released surveillance footage, after which many tips started flowing in, the Daily Mail notes. Police were able to identify the woman from the footage.

The kidnapper was tracked down to a barbershop in Treddyffrin Township.

"We were able to go to a number of locations tonight in both Upper Merion Township, Malvern and eventually into Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, where we did locate the woman, who was seen on video leaving with the baby,” Upper Merion Township Police Chief Tom Nolan said, according to WPVI.

“The baby is safe and sound, but is getting checked."

Burdette Lewis, Ahsir’s grandfather, told the news station he believes the kidnapper “may have a mental problem."

The kidnapper has been arrested, with charges pending.

Sources: WPVIDaily Mail / Photo Credit: WPVI, Daily Mail

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