On Thursday, campus police officers at the University of Kentucky let their well-honed law enforcement instincts lead them to the discovery of a 17-month-old girl named Alouette Day-Moreno-Baltierra, who, until her fateful rescue from the windblown quadrangles of Lexington, had been missing from her home in Los Angeles since Oct. 15.
According to NBC Los Angeles, campus police officers Jennifer Ockerman and Emily Smith noticed something strange on the frigid, holiday-abandoned university campus Thursday night — a toddler wearing only a short-sleeve onesie as protection against the 29-degree wind gusts was being pushed in a stroller through a campus parking. Something about the scene didn't seem right, and, acting on what they described as a "gut feeling," Ockerman and Smith stopped Alouette's stroller chauffeur, 62-year-old Maria Baltierra-Dejesus, who was eventually booked on "suspicion of endangering the welfare of a minor and custodial interference."
It's still unclear just how Baltierra-Dejesus, a New York resident, came to be pushing Alouette around Lexington in a stroller (as of Friday night, she was receiving unspecified medical treatment). Alouette, whose parents' whereabouts are unknown and who is believed to belong to the State of California, was reported abducted from Los Angeles back in mid-October.
Officers' Instinct Tracks Down Missing Toddler [NBC Los Angeles]
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