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Teen pleads guilty to snatching toddler from Perth playground, dressing her in new outfit

A 14-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to the bizarre abduction of a Perth toddler who was found not long after in new clothing that had been bought for her.

The teenager and another 14-year-old were charged after the 18-month-old girl was taken from the Kwinana Adventure Park, where she was with family members, on Sunday February 27.

In a statement at the time, police said one of the girls had picked up the girl when she was sitting on the footpath.

The statement said the girls approached the park’s caretakers with the child, and they were told to wait under a patio area while a search was conducted for the parents.

Teens bought new outfit for toddler at local shops

However, they did not wait and instead walked to the Kwinana Marketplace shopping center where they purchased a new outfit for the child and changed her into it.

The toddler was found not long after, safe and well, after police received information from members of the public.

Today both teenagers appeared in the Perth Children’s Court when one of them pleaded guilty to a charge of taking the child with the intent to deprive her parents.

The state prosecutor successfully applied for the case to be transferred to the President of the Children’s Court because of the “unusual and serious nature” of the offence.

The girl was released on bail with strict conditions until she appears for her sentencing hearing in July.

Her lawyer requested that psychological and psychiatric reports be prepared on her in preparation for the sentencing.

The second teenager also appeared briefly, but the court was told prosecutors intended to discontinue the case against her.

The girl’s bail conditions were changed to remove a ban on her having any contact with children under the age of 16.

She is due back in court next week when it is expected the charge against her will be officially dropped.

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