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A 5-month-old baby girl was kidnapped at

gunpoint Saturday morning near Mantachie in northeast Mississippi's

Itawamba County.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert following

the kidnapping, which happened around 11:30 a.m. The FBI and the

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation joined the search Saturday

afternoon.

Authorities consider the child to be in danger and said the

kidnapping suspects could be headed to Atlanta. Itawamba County

sits on the border with Alabama and is near the Tennesseee state

line as well.

The child, Madison Erickson, was taken at gunpoint during a home

invasion. Lt. Wes Luckey of the highway patrol said three people

entered Erickson's home wearing masks and took the baby. He said it

appears the kidnappers were strangers to the family.

Troopers are looking for a gold Pontiac Sunfire with the

Tishomingo County license plate 383-TSV. A news release said the

car was occupied by a man, two women and the baby. All are white.

The baby has brown hair and brown eyes and weighs about 13

pounds. A picture of Madison has been put on the national Amber

Alert site, www.amberalert.gov.

The Amber Alert was just the fourth issued by the state since

the program began in 2002, and the second in a week.

An alert issued last Sunday led to the arrest of Brittany

Alvarez, 21, and her boyfriend Samuel Crispin, a 21-year-old

illegal immigrant from El Salvador. Authorities said Alvarez

kidnapped her four children from their grandmother July 14 in

Marion County in southern Mississippi.

She was arrested in Tennessee a day later shortly after the

alert was issued.

Authorities ask anyone with information to call the Itawamba

County Sheriff's Office at (662) 862-3401 or troopers at (866)

262-3775 or *47 by cell phone.