Grandmother Charged In Missing Toddler Case Pleads Not Guilty

Grandmother Charged In Missing Toddler Case Pleads Not Guilty

The grandmother of a toddler found on UK’s campus last Thursday pleaded not guilty to Child Endangerment and Custodial Interference charges in court Wednesday afternoon.
A grandmother who police said was found in Lexington with a reported missing toddler from California made her first court appearance in Lexington Wednesday afternoon.

Maria Baltierra-Dejesus, 62, plead not guilty to Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Custodial Interference.  She also waived her right to extradition. 

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Baltierra-Dejesus will fight extradition back to California.

UK Police said they found Dejesus near the Joe Craft Center last Thursday with 17-month-old Alouette Day-Moreno-Baltierra. Police said the child was not dressed for the cold weather.

Police said Alouette Day-Moreno-Baltierra had been missing from Los Angeles since October. She is currently in state protective custody.
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