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Kidnapped French Boy Rescued By Bali Police, East Timorese Woman Joaninha Gonzales Arrested

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BALI, Indonesia — Indonesian police have arrested an East Timorese woman for allegedly kidnapping a French toddler on the tourist island of Bali.

Kuta Police Chief Maj. Agus Tri Waluyo said Friday that Joaninha Maria Sonia Gonzales is accused of abducting the 2-year-old boy from his hotel room Wednesday night while his father was sleeping.

Gonzales, 33, allegedly told authorities she wanted to care for the child. But Waluyo says police are investigating other motives, including possible human trafficking.

Gonzales was arrested Thursday at a rented house and the boy was found unharmed with her East Timorese boyfriend, who is being questioned, he said.

Police say Gonzales returned to the hotel with the boy's father, from the French island of Reunion, after meeting in a bar.

Kidnappings are extremely rare in Bali.

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