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Officers find baby, father using iPhone app

March 15, 2012 8:03:14 PM PDT
Some NYPD officers who found a baby girl caught in the middle of a violent domestic dispute are speaking out.

The officers used an app to track the father's iPhone and found him and the baby.

It started in Brooklyn and ended in Manhattan.

"It was second nature to pick her up and change her and feed her, I didn't even give it a second thought," Officer Maritza Mendez said.

Officer Maritza Mendez nearly came to tears describing how she helped a 1-year-old baby girl, who had been snatched away by her father following a domestic dispute.

After finding the girl in the backseat of her father's car, Mendez, a mother herself says she took the girl to a CVS where she bought diapers and food.

"The thought of losing your child, would make anyone emotional," Officer Mendez said.

Police say it all started at a home in Queens on Wednesday night.

The wife of 30-year-old Alexis Torres told investigators her husband beat her and took off with their daughter.

"I just saw police cars and a lot of people," one neighbor said.

"It seems like a very nice couple. I know her mom for years, and I don't think they have any problem with him," another neighbor said.

The victim who posted a note on her front door indicating she didn't want to talk to reporters told police her husband had an iPhone with a GPS locator app that he downloaded called "Find my iPhone."

Little did he know that's what police used to find him.

"Without the use of the technology, it would have been very difficult to locate him," Officer Lombardi said.

But they located Torres and his daughter.

It was an emotional ending for the girl's mom and Officer Mendez.

"She was extremely happy to have her child in her arms and know that she's safe," Officer Mendez said.

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