1-year-old boy kidnapped in Georgia returned home safe, police say

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CHAMBLEE, Ga. (NewsNation) — A one-year-old baby is now home safe after a kidnapping incident Saturday.

The Chamblee Police Department said the couple who kidnapped the baby intended to raise the him as their own.

Mateo Alejandro Montufar-Barrera was kidnapped from his mother at gunpoint. Mateo’s mother, Leslie Barrera, told police she was walking her baby in his stroller near their apartment when a man got out of an Acura SUV and pointed a gun at her.

Leslie Barrera was able to grab the gun from the man and tried to shoot him, but the gun didn’t go off. She tore his shorts and kept his shoe, Chamblee police said in a news conference.

Kidnappers still managed to take the young boy. They were tracked down five hours later in Carroll County, about 60 miles away, where Maynor Dario Valera Zuniga and Kristin Nicole Valera Zuniga were arrested.

The couple is charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and battery.

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