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Mother Reunited With 6-Year-Old After Kidnapping

A 6-year-old girl kidnapped in a stolen car was reunited with her mother, who held her baby tight after the scare Thursday in South Los Angeles.

The girl's mother ran into the laundromat located in the 7800 block of Broadway in the Florence area at 2 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said.

She had gone in and left the keys in the ignition and car running, with her daughter apparently inside, police said.

It's believed a transient stole the car with the girl in the car.

The girl told NBC4 it was a scary ride when a "strange woman" hopped in and drove off. 

She also said she kicked the woman's chair repeatedly and screamed. She said she just wanted her mom.


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LAPD said the woman dropped the little girl off at a daycare center near 59th and South Central avenue – just a few miles from where she was taken.

The frightened girl was handed off to an adult.

Witnesses saw her mom frantic, waiting for police to give her good news.

NewsChopper4 captured the moment when the mother was reunited with her daughter, embracing her and thanking the officers. The young girl also gave hugs to officers who helped.

The car was not yet recovered, police said.

Police are looking for a four-door, 1998 black Lexus EX 300 with California license plate 4CBT374.

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