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Seven-week-old baby kidnapped from shopping centre as his mam took a phone call

Young Ashir Simmons was found about five hours later.

Seven-week-old Ahsir Simmons was taken from the Philadelphia shopping centre.
Seven-week-old Ahsir Simmons was taken from the Philadelphia shopping centre.
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POLICE SAY A baby boy who was kidnapped from an upscale shopping centre in suburban Philadelphia has been found safe, and a suspect is in custody.

Upper Merion Township police say seven-week-old Ahsir Simmons was found safe Thursday night, about five hours after he was abducted from the King of Prussia Mall.

Police say a woman befriended the boy’s family, and they sat down together in the food court. When the baby became fussy, police say the woman asked if she could hold him.

The mother allowed her to do so while she took a phone call and dealt with other children in her care. The woman then walked away with the baby.

Baby Abducted Shopping Mall CCTV footage shows a woman leaving with the baby. Source: AP/MerionPD

Authorities received tips that led them to nearby Tredyffrin Township, where the woman and child were found.

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