A 39-year-old woman was charged Tuesday with what authorities say was an attempt to kidnap her 9-month-old granddaughter of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana from her Southern California home.
Sodasai Predspring Daljell of Los Angeles pleaded not guilty to felony attempted kidnapping of a child under 14 and theft in LA County court.
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Montana, 64, told of sheriff’s duties that the girl was sleeping in a play ground at her home in Malibu on Saturday when a woman he did not know and picked up the child.
Authorities said Montana and his wife, Jennifer, confronted him, tried to defuse the situation and asked him to give the child back.
Authorities said that after a short struggle, Jennifer Montana left the girl and Daljell ran away from home. He was later arrested nearby.
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No one was injured.
Emails were not immediately returned to Dalzell’s attorney and potential relatives seeking comment. He was held on $ 200,000 bail and asked to return to court on October 20. He has no previous criminal record.
The former San Francisco 49ers star tweeted Sunday, “Horror situation, but thankfully everyone is doing well.”
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Montana played 13 years in his 15-year career at 49ers, winning four Super Bowls with him starting quarterback. He retired in 1994 after two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.
He and Jennifer Montana, a philanthropist and former model, have been married since 1985 and have four adult children. It is not clear which children are the parents of the girl.