Gas Station Attendant Nabs Alleged Kidnapper Grandma

PHOTO: Laylani Mosley was allegedly kidnapped by her grandmother earlier this week.
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An Arizona gas station attendant is being hailed a hero after helping police nab a woman accused of kidnapping her granddaughter.

Karin Akins was working at a gas station earlier this week when 57-year-old Carolyn Ferguson came into the station with a baby after breaking down nearby. Akins said she became suspicious after noticing that Ferguson tried to give the infant with her cappuccino milk.

Akins called 911 and her supervisior after Ferguson was unable to answer simple questions about her granddaughter's name.

Eventually Akins and her supervisor figured out that an Amber alert had been issued for 6-month-old Laylani Mosley, who was last seen with her grandmother Carolyn Ferguson. According to court documents Ferguson was listed as bipolar and off her medication.

"It's a mom thing," Akins said of her suspicions. "If it wasn't her baby ... it would kill me if I let her walk out that door and know later on that it wasn't hers and could have done something at that moment."

To keep Ferguson from leaving, Akins districted the woman by taking pictures with the baby and changing her diaper. Eventually police arrived and were able to take Ferguson into custody.

But it is Akins who is being credited with saving Laylani.

"Had it not been for her and how observant she was, and attention to detail, we probably wouldn't be standing here with a successful story right now," said Deputy Joaquin Enriquez of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

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