PALMDALE – An 18-month-old girl kidnapped from a Motel 6 in Palmdale Saturday was found hours later suffering from exposure in a shed in another part of the city, and a man suspected of assaulting the child’s mother was taken into custody not far from where the girl was located, authorities said.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Lancaster Station were dispatched about 6:30 a.m. to the Lake Los Angeles area east of Palmdale to the location of a reported sexual assault victim, Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
“Preliminary information at the scene led Lancaster sheriff’s deputies to initiate an Amber Alert, identifying a named male … as a person of interest in this case,” Rouzan said.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau, who were assisted by Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau investigators, determined the man and vehicle named in the alert were not involved in the incident, Rouzan said.
“The investigation led detectives to identify a male adult as a person of interest in the girl’s abduction, as well as the vehicle he was last known to be driving (a blue Ford Contour),” Rouzan said.
Armed with that information, deputies from the sheriff’s Palmdale Station located the vehicle and its occupants — a male juvenile and 33-year-old Brandon Wynn — about 2:50 p.m. near the intersection of East Avenue T-8 and 40th Street East, Rouzan said.
Pursuing leads, Lancaster Station deputies searched for the baby a few blocks away in the area of East Avenue T-8 and 43rd Street East and found her in a shed where she was alone and had been left unattended for an undetermined length of time, Rouzan said.
Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics were called to the scene and took the baby to a hospital for evaluation and treatment, Rouzan said.
The child showed symptoms of exposure but appeared to be otherwise unharmed, he said.
Wynn and the juvenile male were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and were booked at the sheriff’s Lancaster Station, Rouzan said.
“The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated,” he said.
Editor’s note: Brandon Wynn is 33 years old and the child is 18 months old, according to a criminal complaint filed July 21. The story has been updated to reflect this information.