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Phoenix mom, baby reunited after kidnapping

Phoenix mom, baby reunited after kidnapping

CREATED Apr. 3, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix woman was reunited with her baby girl about six weeks after she was kidnapped by her father and taken to Mexico.
   
Phoenix police say 22-year-old Athena Manuma wept as she held her daughter Ava for the first time on Tuesday since Feb. 22.
   
That's when police say Ava's father, 31-year-old Brent Anderson, failed to meet with Manuma at a designated time and place to give the child back to her.
   
Anderson and Manuma had joint custody of the girl.
   
Police Detective James Holmes says detectives worked feverishly to track down Anderson and Ava the small town of Pueblo Nuevo, about three hours north of Mazatlan in Mexico.
   
Anderson was arrested and Ava was found safe over the weekend.
   
While Ava was returned to Manuma, Anderson was arrested on a kidnapping charged and booked into Maricopa County jail.

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