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Abducted Newborn Found Hours After Mother Shot Dead Outside Texas Hospital

AP  |  By Posted: 04/25/2012 11:50 am Updated: 04/25/2012 11:50 am

Newborn Stolen Mom Shot
Members of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department work the crime scene where a mother was killed and her baby was kidnapped Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Spring, Texas. A newborn boy was abducted from his screaming mother after she was repeatedly shot outside a suburban Houston pediatric center on Tuesday, according to investigators searching for the suspected shooter who sped off with the infant in a blood-stained Lexus.

SPRING, Texas -- A newborn who was abducted from his dying mother after she was repeatedly shot Tuesday outside a suburban Houston pediatric center was found safe hours later, according to investigators who said the suspected shooter sped off with the infant in a blood-stained Lexus.

The 3-day-old boy was found around 8 p.m., about six hours after his mother, Kala Marie Golden, was fatally shot following a verbal altercation in a parking lot, Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said.

Ligon wouldn't say where the infant was found, but he said it wasn't at a nearby apartment complex where officers wielding guns and riot shields searched earlier Tuesday evening.

"The child is healthy. The father of the child is on his way to be reunited with the child," Ligon told The Associated Press.

A person of interest has been detained though no charges have been filed, he said. He wouldn't provide any details about the person.

Golden was leaving an afternoon checkup with her son, Keegan, when she had a verbal altercation with a woman in a Lexus parked next to her pickup truck, Montgomery County sheriff's Lt. Dan Norris said.

Witnesses said the woman repeatedly shot Golden, took the infant and sped away, hitting the dying mother as she screamed "my baby" and tried to reach into the Lexus, Norris said.

Witnesses also reported hearing as many as seven gunshots and said a man also was in the sky blue or light green Lexus, which was blood-stained on the driver's side, Norris said.

Investigators were processing evidence Tuesday night at one apartment in the complex that was searched, and they took away a vehicle parked in front. Photographs taken by news media at the scene indicate the vehicle was a light-colored Lexus.

The shooting happened just after 2 p.m. outside the Northwoods Pediatric Center in Spring, which is about 20 miles north of Houston.

A handful of people sitting outside Golden's nearby home said they were relatives but declined to give their names. They said the family was grieving and would have no comment.

Joshua Jesson said he was in the clinic with his girlfriend when he heard gunshots. He said he saw a Lexus next to the pickup truck, then later looked back and saw the car was gone and a woman lying in the spot where the Lexus had been parked.

"I thought she just passed out. Then somebody ran in here and said, `Somebody got shot,'" he said.

Police quickly surrounded the clinic and much of the parking lot with crime-scene tape, and yellow markers were placed next to a purse and pair of brown sandals near a red pickup truck. Spent ammunition also was nearby.

The clinic is in an area thick with strip malls.

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  • In this undated family snapshot provided by the Schuchardt Family, Kala Marie Golden, right, and her husband Keith Schuchardt are shown on their wedding day. Golden was killed and her 3-day-old baby abducted outside a pediatric clinic Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in Spring, Texas. Verna Deann McClain has been charged with capital murder and the baby was found and is now with relatives. (AP Photo/Schuchardt Family)

  • In this undated family snapshot Kala Marie Golden, right, is shown with her two sons. Golden was killed and her 3-day-old baby abducted outside a pediatric clinic Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in Spring, Texas. Verna Deann McClain has been charged with capital murder and the baby was found and is now with relatives. (AP Photo/Schuchardt Family)

  • Law enforcement officers wait to enter an apartment near the scene where a mother was killed and her baby kidnapped Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Spring, Texas. A newborn boy was abducted from his screaming mother after she was repeatedly shot outside a suburban Houston pediatric center on Tuesday, according to investigators searching for the suspected shooter who sped off with the infant in a blood-stained Lexus. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • A purse and sandals lie next to the truck of a mother who was killed and her baby kidnapped, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Spring, Texas. A newborn boy was abducted from his screaming mother after she was repeatedly shot outside a suburban Houston pediatric center on Tuesday, according to investigators searching for the suspected shooter who sped off with the infant in a blood-stained Lexus. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Verna McClain, left, listens to her attorney Stephen Jackson, right, during a bond hearing in her case Monday, April 23, 2012 in Conroe, Texas. A judge denied bail for McClain is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Kala Golden and kidnapping of her 3-day-old son, Keegan. Investigators say McClain waited outside a pediatrician's office north of Houston and shot Golden before taking her tiny newborn son. Little Keegan Golden was found unharmed hours later with McClain's sister. He is back with family members. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Verna McClain is escorted from the courtroom after a bond hearing in her case Monday, April 23, 2012 in Conroe, Texas. The judge denied bail for McClain, who is charged with capital murder in the April 17 shooting death of Kala Golden and kidnapping of her 3-day-old son, Keegan. Investigators say McClain waited outside a pediatrician's office north of Houston and shot Golden before taking her tiny newborn son. Little Keegan Golden was found unharmed hours later with McClain's sister. He is back with family members. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Keith Schuchardt speaks outside his father's home Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in Spring, Texas about the murder of his wife and abduction of his 3-day-old baby. Verna Deann McClain has been charged with capital murder and the baby is now with relatives. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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