LAKESIDE, Calif. - A 3-week-old baby reported missing in Spring Valley has been found safe in Lakeside.
10News learned that personnel from the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) found Anissa Von Goerlitz with her aunt Deborah Ann Fowler just before 8 p.m. They were located in dense brush west of state Route 67, south of Lakeside Drive and north of Channel Road.
The baby is OK and is being evaluated by paramedics. She will be taken to a hospital for checkup.
Fowler was taken to the Lemon Grove Sheriff's Station for questioning. She will be charged with vehicle theft and booked into Las Colinas Jail Friday evening. Fowler could also face child endangerment charges pending the investigation.
The baby had been reported missing about 11:15 a.m. by her grandmother, who is her legal guardian, according to sheriff's Lt. Scott Amos. The older woman told deputies Fowler had taken the baby as well as her vehicle without permission.
Sheriff's personnel began looking through stretches of riverbed and other brush-choked terrain off the 10600 block of Vine Street in Lakeside in the late afternoon after an SUV driven by Fowler was found in the area.
Joyce Matyas, the baby's grandmother, had this message for her daughter earlier Friday.
"My little granddaughter was taken from my home by my daughter Deborah, and I want to say to Deborah wherever she is, if you could just take her someplace safe, and have them call the police and get her back to me, I would really be happy," Matyas said. "I know she's not safe out there where you are. Please send the baby home."
Matyas said the baby's mother is incarcerated and that the woman deputies were searching for is the mother's twin sister.