Clerk spots Amber Alert baby, calls police

Karin Atkins, a gas station clerk in Arizona, poses for a photo with Laylani, who was the subject of an Amber Alert out of Huntington Beach.

An Arizona clerk is being called a hero after spotting a baby who was the subject of an Amber Alert out of Huntington Beach.

The baby was taken by her grandmother, 57-year-old Carolyn Ferguson, who is now in custody.

It happened at a gas station west of Phoenix Wednesday night. Karin Atkins says she just had a gut feeling when she watched Ferguson feed baby Laylani Mosley from a bottle filled with cappuccino mixed with strawberry milk. A mechanic had dropped Ferguson off after her car broke down.

Atkins offered to hold the baby and noticed she was wearing huge diapers. She says Ferguson was disoriented and eventually told her she had taken the baby from her crib while her parents were sleeping. The clerk, a mother herself, immediately called police.

"It's a mom thing. If it wasn't her baby, it would kill me if I let her walk out that door and know later on that it wasn't hers and I could've done something at that moment," Atkins said.

Ferguson, who has a history of mental illness, will be extradited back to California. Laylani is fine and will be returned to her parents.

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