An ailing 14-month-old girl disappeared Thursday afternoon from a Garden Grove day-care center and police launched a "child stealing" investigation, going door-to-door in search of a woman who had been at the facility ostensibly to enroll her own infant.
Witnesses saw the woman leave the building with the child, Victoria Marie Clark, who requires medication for a severe ear infection, Garden Grove Police Investigator Pam French said.
The child was last seen shortly before 3 p.m. asleep in a crib at the Young Horizons day-care center in the 6200 block of Cerulean Avenue, Police Lt. Ken Whitman said. He described the child as about 30-inches tall, weighing 21 pounds, with brownish black hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a lavender terry cloth, two-piece jogging suit with a hooded top and pink tennis shoes and socks.
"She has a very severe ear infection and is in need of medication that was prescribed for her yesterday (Wednesday)," the lieutenant said.