KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the abduction of a baby from a suburban Philadelphia shopping mall (all times local):
A public defender's office has been assigned to represent a woman charged with kidnapping a newborn from a shopping mall near Philadelphia.
Deputy Public Defender Gregory Nester says it's too early to comment on the charges filed Friday against 32-year-old Cherie Amoore.
Amoore is being held on $500,000 bail until an April 15 preliminary hearing.
Police say she told them she had given birth to a baby that died after only a few hours in February. Detectives are not sure if that is true, but they say Amoore did have a baby shower and relatives thought she was pregnant.
Police say the 7-week-old boy kidnapped Thursday from the King of Prussia Mall was found unharmed hours later in Amoore's apartment.
A suburban Philadelphia woman says she had "an out of body experience" when she allegedly left a shopping mall with a stranger's 7-week-old baby.
A police affidavit says Cherie Amoore told investigators she only wanted to hold her son again. She says the boy died hours after his birth in February.
Police are not yet sure if the 32-year-old suspect had recently been pregnant.
They say Amoore insists she didn't go to the King of Prussia Mall on Thursday to "steal a baby" and expressed remorse that "it all went wrong."
The baby's mother says Amoore befriended her at the mall. She says she became momentarily distracted by another child at the food court and tried to chase the woman as she walked off with her son.
Upper Merion Police Chief Thomas Nolan says tips poured in that led police to find the child unharmed at Amoore's apartment.
She is being held on $500,000 bail. It's not clear if she has a lawyer to comment on her behalf.
A suburban Philadelphia woman with several baby gift registries has been accused of kidnapping a newborn at a shopping mall.
Alerts about the kidnapping on Thursday led the suspect's relatives to contact authorities, and the 7-week-old boy was back in his mother's care by that evening.
Thirty-two-year-old Cherie Amoore is being charged Friday with kidnapping, child concealment and other charges. She remains in custody pending a scheduled afternoon court appearance. It's not clear if she has a lawyer to comment on her behalf, and messages left with relatives have not been returned.
Police say Amoore struck up a conversation with the baby's mother at the King of Prussia Mall and took him when the mother was distracted with another child.
Authorities say the infant, Ahsir Simmons, was found at Amoore's nearby apartment.