DPS: 6-month-old abducted in California by grandma found safe in Arizona

TONOPAH, AZ - A 6-month-old infant allegedly taken by her grandmother Wednesday, prompting an Amber Alert in California, has been located in Arizona, according to officials.

Officer Carrick Cook, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said 6-month-old Laylani Mosley was located with her grandmother Carolyn Ferguson, 57, Wednesday evening at 411th Avenue and Interstate 10 in Tonopah, Ariz. Tonopah is located about 50 miles west of Phoenix.

Joaquin Enriquez, spokesman for Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, said a gas station clerk, Karin Akins, noticed that the child was wearing an oversized diaper and that the grandma was feeding the child espresso. Akins then contacted authorities.

"She took the baby bottle to the cappuccino machine, filled it up and poured strawberry milk in with it and fed the baby cappuccino," Akins said.

A mother herself,  Akins says she's so glad she called for help, especially once she learned about the Amber Alert.

"It's a mom thing, if it wasn't her baby it would kill me if I let her walk out that door and know later on that it wasn't hers and I could've done something at that moment." Akins said.

He said the 6-month-old is being evaluated by fire department officials. MCSO will coordinate the child's return to California to be reunited with her mom, according to Enriquez.

Enriquez said Ferguson was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on kidnapping charges. She is awaiting extradition back to California.

ABC7 in Los Angeles reports the grandmother was last seen with the child around 10 a.m. near Fontana, California, which is east of Los Angeles.

Family members reportedly told ABC7 that Ferguson has a history of mental illness and requires medication.

Stay with ABC15, abc15.com and ABC15 Mobile for updates on this developing story.

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