TONOPAH, Ariz. – A baby girl who was reported missing in California has been found safe in Arizona.
A gas station clerk is being hailed as a hero for her motherly instincts that helped end the Amber Alert.
“On the phone and my boss sent me the picture on Google of the Amber Alert of the grandma and the daughter and I’m like, ‘That’s her,” said Karin Akins.
Akins had no idea about the Amber Alert when 57-year-old Carolyn Ferguson was dropped off at the Shell station with her 5-month-old granddaughter, Laylani Mosley.
The woman’s car broke down and the tow truck driver told Akins the woman was acting strange.
However, strange soon became weird after the woman asked for something to feed her baby.
The woman filled the bottle with strawberry milk and something much stronger.
“I was just very, something was wrong in my gut mom feeling. Like this is a 5-month-old baby, cappuccino, not very good. She couldn’t tell me anything about the baby and I just felt she was too old. She looked very old to have a 5-month-old child and I called my boss on the phone to verify between mom to mom if it sounded fishy or not,” said Akins.
The boss filled Karin in on what police in California had reported earlier in the day.
Ferguson had disappeared with her infant granddaughter and they feared she was mentally unstable and in need of medication.
Akins and another worker made small talk with Ferguson, waiting for the police to arrive.
She treated the girl like her own 2-year-old son at home, changing her diaper, playing with her and finding formula.
Eventually, she was able to hand her off to paramedics.
“It’s a mom thing. I just, if it wasn’t her baby, I would just it would kill me if I let her walk out that door and know later on that it wasn’t hers and I could have done something at that moment,” said Akins.
Investigators say Ferguson was acting disoriented and claimed to be the baby’s mother until investigators arrived.
She is awaiting possible charges in California.