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Amber alert canceled: Baby and grandmother located in Tonopah

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Carolyn Ferguson was escorted into the 4th Ave. Jail in Phoenix in handcuffs and ankle shackles. Carolyn Ferguson was escorted into the 4th Ave. Jail in Phoenix in handcuffs and ankle shackles.
Carolyn Ferguson; Laylani Carolyn Ferguson; Laylani
TONOPAH, Ariz. - A baby kidnapped in southern California was found in Tonopah thanks to the quick thinking of a clerk at a gas station.

The suspect is the child's own grandmother, who is accused of snatching the girl from a home in Huntington Beach.

On Thursday around 1 a.m., Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies walked 57-year-old Carolyn Ferguson into the 4th Avenue Jail in handcuffs and ankle shackles.  She seemed surprised to see the cameras there and at one point, looked like she wanted to say something, but jailers escorted her inside the building.

It marked the end of a long day -- much of it on the road with her 6-month-old granddaughter, who police say she abducted from a home after she had a fight with family members.

That drive across the desert, with highs pushing 110 degrees ended when her car broke down two  miles from a gas station.

A mechanic gave Ferguson and the baby a ride to the station and that's when a clerk noticed something just wasn't right.

"The first thing I noticed.. she was in a size four or five diaper.. way too big for a 5-month-old.  She took the baby bottle and went to the cappuccino machine and filled it up with cappuccino and poured strawberry milk in with it and shook it up and tried to give the baby cappuccino," said Karen Aiken.

But Aiken didn't just stand by and do nothing.  She took a picture of Ferguson with her cell phone. In the photo, baby Laylani was wearing nothing but that diaper, laying on the seat of a fast food restaurant's bench inside the gas station.

Aiken says she looked for ways to keep the two inside the store until she could call Sheriff's deputies.

"I asked what the baby's middle name was and when she told me Marie.. then she said no.. it's Lorraine.. she just told me she was heading east.. and she couldn't tell me where she was going.. I don't know how I would feel if I didn't intervene," she said.

Once deputies arrived, they discovered Ferguson was wanted for kidnapping and was the focus of an Amber Alert out of California.

While they took her into custody, Aiken took care of Laylani and took more pictures.

It's unclear why Ferguson brought the child to Arizona.  She will be taken back to California to face charges.

Meanwhile, the family is taking the baby back to California on Thursday.
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