Alleged abductor and grandmother of 17-month-old goes before judge

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Almost one week after University of Kentucky Police found a missing 17-month-old from California on campus.

On Wednesday, her alleged abductor and grandmother, Maria Baltierra-DeJesus, 62, went before a judge for the first time. She pleaded not guilty to Endangering the Welfare of a minor and custodial interferance.

Baltierra-DeJesus told a judge she is a licensed doctor in the state of Kentucky. However WKYT discovered that license expired in 2003.

Either way her familiarity with the state may answer the question as to why she ended up on the University of Kentucky campus last week with her 17-month-old granddaughter, Alouette Day Moreno-Baliterra, who was first reported missing by her mother in October 2012.

Other questions went unanswered in court Wednesday, including, why she went on the run with the baby, what her intentions were and where was she heading.

A public defender wouldn't say much following the arraignment, but said his client is innocent until proven guilty.
"We can't say much right now, but that we intend to fully fight this," said Ben M. Cabuay, Jr.

Baltierra-DeJesus asked the judge to lower her $22,000 bond, but the judge denied that request.

The toddler remains in the custody of Child Protective Services. Her future remains unclear.

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