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Tacoma baby, 15-year-old mother found safe in Seattle after alert

A 6-month-old Tacoma boy and his 15-year-old mother were found safe in Seattle Wednesday, after police said the teenager took the baby when she heard they were going to be separated.

Keymani Kirby ran away from foster care with her child shortly before noon Wednesday, after she learned the two wouldn’t be staying together, Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Seattle police arrived at the girl’s boyfriend’s house about 9:30 p.m., just as she was arriving, and found both mother and baby Sincere Kirby safe, Cool said.

They were expected to be taken back to Tacoma, and placed in the care of child protective services.

“It’s my understanding that CPS is going to do their best to keep them together tonight, but I don’t know what their future plans are,” Cool said.

The state Department of Social and Health Services did not immediately return a News Tribune call.

Cool said she could not say why the mother and child were to be separated in the first place.

Police had no reason to think Keymani intended to hurt the baby when the pair went missing, Cool said. They issued (and later canceled) an endangered missing persons alert, because they knew the teen did not have means to care for Sincere.

Cool thanked those who called police to try to help find them.

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