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Police arrest suspect in Sunnyvale toddler kidnapping

A 29-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a toddler over the weekend in Sunnyvale, police said Monday.

The woman was taken into custody about 8:30 p.m. Sunday as she returned to her home in San Jose, Sunnyvale police said in a news release.

Jacob Jardine, a 2-year-old boy, was in a brown 2008 Buick Enclave that was stolen at 3:51 a.m. while his mother was unloading groceries on the 500 block of North Mathilda Ave., police said.

Sunnyvale police reported shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday that a patrol officer serving a search warrant found the boy inside the car, in a parking lot about 4 miles from where he was taken.

Though police say the boy looked healthy, he was taken to a hospital as a precaution, where he was reunited with his mother, police said.

Surveillance video implicated the kidnapping suspect, police said, but no information was released about whether she knew the child was in the car or if she had any connection to the boy’s family.

She was placed under arrest on suspicion of kidnapping, child endangerment and vehicle theft, and is being held at the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

The California Highway Patrol had issued an Amber Alert for five counties — Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Alameda. Air support from the San Jose Police Department joined the search Sunday afternoon.

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