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Charges: Brooklyn Park kidnapping was fake pregnancy attempt

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    Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:57 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:57:50 GMT
    Police confirm the 2-month-old boy who went missing overnight from the Moonraker Apartments on Brookdale Drive North in Brooklyn Park, Minn., was found alive and well in St. Paul.
    Police confirm the 2-month-old boy who went missing overnight from the Moonraker Apartments on Brookdale Drive North in Brooklyn Park, Minn., was found alive and well in St. Paul and has since been reunited with his family.
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (KMSP) -

A St. Paul woman admitted to kidnapping a Brooklyn Park, Minn. baby as an attempt to trick her boyfriend into thinking it was their child, according to charges filed Thursday.

Thalia Tonice Benson, 34, has been charged in connection to the kidnapping of 2-month-old Elijah Alonzo, who went missing Tuesday night from the Moonraker Apartments on Brookdale Drive North.

Elijah was found safe in St. Paul and was reunited with his grandmother by 8:30 p.m. Tuesday as his mother Christina Alonzo had been under evaluation at a nearby hospital.

According to the complaint, Alonzo had fallen asleep on the couch with Elijah and her 3-year-old toddler; Benson and Elijah's grandparents were in Alonzo's apartment that evening.

At 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Alonzo said she woke up and put her 3-year-old toddler to bed, noticing her baby and Benson were both gone. When Alonzo called Benson, Benson said she did not know where Elijah was and that he had been on the couch with Alonzo when Benson left the apartment.

According to the complaint, Alonzo assumed Elijah was with his grandparents in another bedroom, so she took her 3-year-old into her bedroom and fell asleep.

At 6 a.m., Benson called Alonzo to see if she had found Elijah. Benson soon returned to the apartment, where Elijah's grandparents said they had not seen him since the previous evening.

Brooklyn Park police responded to Alonzo's call shortly after 6 a.m. after she reported Elijah missing. Police found no signs of forced entry, and Benson agreed to let police search her apartment in St. Paul. Benson rode to her apartment with relatives, who allegedly became suspicious of Benson's story.

Elijah was found in a car with Benson's boyfriend parked outside of Benson's apartment. He told police Benson had convinced him that she was pregnant and had recently given birth and told him he was the father. He showed police various text messages from Benson detailing the fake pregnancy and birth.

Benson's boyfriend said she arrived at the St. Paul apartment with Elijah after midnight on Tuesday with only a bottle -- no car seat, baby clothes or diaper bag. He told police that Benson left their apartment at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday to get diapers. He called Benson when she did not return, and Benson told him Alonzo's baby was missing and that she was assisting the police investigation.

Benson's boyfriend said she instructed him to leave the apartment with the baby shortly after police arrived to begin their search.

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