PALMDALE – An 18-month-old girl kidnapped from a Motel 6 in Palmdale on Saturday was abducted by her mother’s pimp, who was arrested along with an accomplice, sheriff’s officials said in a news conference Monday.
The child was found hours after her abduction, suffering from exposure in a shed in another part of the city, and the man suspected of assaulting the child’s mother was taken into custody nearby, along with the teen accomplice, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
An Amber Alert that was initiated by authorities when the abduction first was reported was based on false information provided by the child’s mother, and the alert was canceled, authorities said.
A subsequent investigation led deputies to a vehicle, and they arrested its occupants – 33-year-old Brandon Wynn and a 16-year-old boy – Saturday 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.
Wynn and the teenager were arrested and booked on suspicion of attempted murder.
At the news conference Monday, sheriff’s officials said additional charges are anticipated against the suspects, including human trafficking, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, child abuse and robbery.
The baby was placed in the custody of child welfare personnel.
UPDATE: In a news release issued Monday, sheriff’s officials called the child’s mother a “40-year-old sexually exploited adult sex worker” who was the victim of a “brutal and violent physical assault” at the hands of her pimp.
“LASD Major Crimes Bureau detectives believe this case involved ‘trauma bonds’ between a sexually exploited female and her male pimp,” sheriff’s officials said in the news release. Read it here.
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.
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