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1-Year-Old Safe, Suspect in Kidnapping Arrested: Santa Cruz Police

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A 1-year-old girl was safely released and a suspect is in custody, ending a prolonged standoff, Santa Cruz police said on social media Friday.

"Baby Girl back in Grandma's loving arms!" was the post from @SantaCruzPolice about 6:30 p.m.

The department and Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies had been search for the child and her suspected abductor, identified as Brian Sellen, since about 7 a.m. Friday.

Police had posted on Twitter that the child was kidnapped near a home at Front and Second streets.

Santa Cruz Police Department Chief Andrew Mills tweeted his happiness at the outcome.

"This is why we choose this profession," Mills wrote. "Baby rescued, suspect in custody and no one else hurt. It's a good day."

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