A 13-month-old girl kidnapped from a Motel 6 in Palmdale on Saturday was abducted by her mother's pimp, who was arrested along with a teenage accomplice, sheriff's officials said Monday.
The child was found in a shed in another part of the city hours after her abduction, suffering from exposure. The man suspected of assaulting the woman was taken into custody nearby, along with the accomplice, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Brandon Wynn, 34, and the teenager were booked on suspicion of attempted murder. Additional charges are anticipated, including human trafficking, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, child abuse and robbery, sheriff's officials said.
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On Saturday, an Amber Alert was initiated by authorities when the abduction was first reported. Officials said the report was based on false information provided by the woman, and the alert was canceled.
The suspect had allegedly beaten the child's mother and sold her into prostitution.
The investigation led deputies to a vehicle, and they arrested its occupants - Wynn and a teen boy - in the afternoon near the intersection of East Avenue T-8 and 40th Street East.
Deputies found the baby a few blocks away in a shed, where she was alone still in a child seat. She had been left unattended for an undetermined length of time, sheriff's officials said.
Paramedics took the baby to a hospital for evaluation and treatment. The child showed symptoms of exposure but appeared to be otherwise unharmed.
The baby was placed in the custody of child welfare personnel.