Amber Alert canceled after Highland kidnap claim deemed unfounded, car theft suspect in custody, authorities say

HIGHLAND, Calif. (KABC) -- An Amber Alert was issued and quickly rescinded Friday morning after a suspect stole a car from the parking lot of a laundromat in Highland and was later taken into custody, authorities said.

The alert was canceled after an initial allegation that a 2-year-old girl had been inside the vehicle was deemed to be unfounded, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

The incident, which occurred about 8 a.m. at Baseline Street and Rogers Lane, was captured on surveillance video released by the Sheriff's Department.

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A spokesperson for the agency said a woman seen running after the stolen car in the footage fabricated a claim that her young daughter was inside.

Two hours after the theft was reported, authorities located the vehicle and arrested a man, Nijee Jackson, on suspicion of grand theft auto.

Sheriff's investigators were interviewing the woman who claimed that her child had been kidnapped. Detectives later arrested the woman, identified her as Ethel Hervey, for false report of a child abduction and violation of probation.
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