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Birmingham teenager abducted two baby boys

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Image caption The girl told Birmingham Youth Court she took one child but denied taking another

A teenage girl has admitted abducting a baby boy and convicted of abducting another.

The 17-year-old took her friend's baby and made contact with the second boy's father through Facebook the same day, Birmingham Youth Court heard.

The girl, who lives in supported accommodation and cannot be named, admitted taking the first boy but denied taking the second.

She is due to be sentenced later this month.

The court heard the girl took the first child, a boy of one, from a female friend's house on the afternoon of 23 December.

She took him to her Birmingham home, put him in a pram and went out with him.

She then began communicating, using a different name, with the father of the second child via Facebook.

The court heard she sent him a friend request the day after he changed his profile picture to an image of him and his two children.

They swapped messages and she told him she had a baby and a boyfriend.

'Nice and caring'

Before they could meet on Christmas Eve as arranged, she was arrested while in custody of the first boy, and later released on bail.

They eventually met on Boxing Day, and the father-of-two agreed to let her stay at his home because she said had nowhere to live, prosecutors said.

He told the court he had been happy for the girl, who he described as "nice and caring" towards his children, to stay.

But he said on New Year's Eve, he left her with his children at about 17:30 GMT while he went to get a haircut and visit a local shop.

He said he returned at about 18:45 GMT to find his younger son was missing and alerted police.

The court was told the girl had taken the baby to a friend's flat, where she pretended he was her own and that he was a twin.

'Not credible'

Police eventually traced her to that address on 1 January and she admitted the boy's real name.

She told police the father had given her permission to take the child and denied ignoring urgent messages from him on Facebook asking the boy's whereabouts, the court heard.

Prosecutor Hugh O'Brien Quinn said: "Isn't it the truth that in December, you wanted a baby?"

"You took [the first baby], he was taken off you... so then you took [the second child]?"

She denied that was true.

Finding her guilty, District Judge Rebecca Crane said she did not find the girl's explanations "credible or believable" and said she had not given a sensible answer to some questions about what she did.

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