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Accused baby kidnapper pleads not guilty

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By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – The woman accused of kidnapping a newborn last week pleaded not
guilty to the crime.

Shannon Torrez sobbed and spoke only in hushed tones during her
arraignment this morning in Franklin County.

She's accused of kidnapping, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action.

Police say Torrez abducted seven-day-old Abigale Woods last Friday after slashing the throat of the infant's mother. A tip from Torrez' sister-in-law led police to the baby Tuesday.

The judge denied a request to reduce the suspect's $1 million bond.

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