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Baby sought in Amber Alert found in Downieville, hidden in duffel bag

Henry Massey.
Henry Massey. Amber Alert

A Sonoma County woman and her 7-month-old son, the subjects of a child-abduction Amber Alert on Monday, were found safe in the Sierra County community of Downieville on Tuesday.

A grocery store clerk recognized Hannah Ashley from news coverage and flagged down a passing California Highway Patrol officer, who took her into custody after a struggle, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook.

The post said Ashley had hidden the baby in a duffel bag.

The woman was booked into the Sierra County jail. The Facebook post said the child was taken to a hospital for examination but appeared to be healthy.

The Sonoma sheriff’s office received a call about 8:30 a.m. Sunday from the boy’s grandmother in Guerneville, reporting that the child, Henry Massey, had been taken from his crib in her home. The grandmother, who has legal custody of the baby, believed Ashley, her 35-year-old daughter, had come to the home and taken him, deputies said.

An Amber Alert was issued Monday afternoon for Ashley and her silver Subaru Forester.

Officer Greg Tassone, a CHP spokesman, said Ashley and baby Henry were found shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Tassone said there had been sightings of the vehicle near Grass Valley in Nevada County. Earlier Tuesday, a sheriff’s deputy spotted the vehicle near Downieville and tried to pull it over, but the driver fled. The vehicle later was found abandoned.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy