This image made from a surveillance video provided by the Upper Merion Township Police Department shows a woman leaving the King of Prussia Mall with 7-week-old Ahsir Simmons (right) on Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Philadelphia. Police are searching for a woman who they say kidnapped the baby boy from the upscale shopping mall in suburban Philadelphia. (Upper Merion Township Police Department via AP)
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (AP) — Police say a suburban Philadelphia woman with several baby gift registries kidnapped a newborn at a shopping mall before the infant’s safe return.
Alerts about the kidnapping on Thursday led family members of the suspect to contact authorities. The 7-week-old boy was back in his mother’s care by that evening.
Thirty-two-year-old Cherie Amoore is being charged Friday with kidnapping, child concealment and other charges. She remains in custody pending a scheduled afternoon court appearance. It’s not clear if she has a lawyer to comment on her behalf, and messages left with relatives have not been returned.
Police say Amoore struck up a conversation with the baby’s mother at the King of Prussia Mall and took him when the mother was distracted with another child.
Authorities say the infant, Ahsir Simmons, was found at Amoore’s nearby apartment.