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Kidnapped Infant Found Safe After Frantic Search

November 15, 1996

BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ A car that was stolen with an infant sleeping in the back seat was found today with the girl inside, and little Jasmine Winfield was apparently none the worse for wear.

The car disappeared Thursday evening in this southern New Jersey community while Jasmine’s mother, Tiffany Winfield, ran into a restaurant to pick up a take-out order. It was found today in New York City.

``There are no outward signs of injury,″ said Sgt. Jack Smith, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office. Jasmine, 11 months old, was taken to a hospital for a checkup, he said.

``I know my God is so good,″ said the baby’s great-grandmother, Mary Allen.

``Everybody loves her,″ she said. ``I was afraid whoever found Jasmine would fall in love and keep her.″

Ms. Winfield left the car running to keep the baby warm while she entered a restaurant. Jasmine, in her pink snowsuit with green trim, was strapped into an infant seat in the back, asleep.

Police believe the thieves didn’t realize they had a baby with them until they took off. The baby was found in Brooklyn when a concerned citizen, seeing her in the car, called authorities, Smith said.

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