Woman Accused of Kidnapping Baby from Mall to Appear in Court

Upper Merion Township Police Department(PHILADELPHIA) -- A woman who police say kidnapped a baby from a Philadelphia-area mall is expected to appear in court Friday.

The woman, identified by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office as Cherie Amoore, is accused of walking out of the King of Prussia Mall with 7-week-old Ahsir Simmons at around 5:35 p.m. on Thursday.

The alleged kidnapping prompted an Amber Alert; the baby was recovered safely about five hours later and the woman was taken into custody, police said.

There's no relationship between the baby's mother and the woman accused of taking the baby, according to police.

The incident began when Amoore "struck up" a conversation with the baby's mother and her family at the mall, the district attorney's office said Friday.

Amoore then followed them to the food court. Amoore allegedly took Ahsir while his mother was helping her older son and Amoore left the mall with the 7-week-old, the district attorney's office said.

Ahsir was found safe at Amoore's home in Tredyffrin Township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, at around 10:18 p.m. Thursday, the district attorney's office said.

Amoore faces charges including kidnapping of a minor, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment; interference with the custody of a child and concealment of the whereabouts of a child. She has not yet entered a plea.

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