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A Fontana woman’s infant was abducted when her vehicle was stolen from a fast-food restaurant, but mother and child were reunited an hour later in Norco, where the carjacker surrendered to law enforcement officers, releasing the baby unharmed.

The carjacking occurred about 2 p.m. Monday at a Chipotle restaurant in the 10500 block of Sierra Avenue, according to Fontana police.

Investigators said the victim, whose name was not released, parked her 2013 Kia Optima in front of the eatery and left it running, with her seven-week-old daughter strapped into a car seat, while she went inside to pick up food.

As the mother was returning to her car, the suspect, described only as a black man, jumped into the sedan and took off — as the woman screamed for him to stop, clawing at the door handles before he raced away on Slover Avenue, police said.

An alert was immediately broadcast to surrounding law enforcement agencies regarding the abduction.

The Kia was spotted parked on River Road in Norco about 3 p.m. and the suspect was located moments later walking in the 4200 block of Bluff Street. He was taken into custody by Riverside County sheriff’s deputies without a fight.

The tot was examined at a hospital and returned to the care of her mother, authorities said.

–City News Service

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