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Woman who tried to kidnap newborn posed as nurse, police say

A woman  arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap a newborn from a Garden Grove hospital was wearing a hospital nurse uniform and had an official-looking hospital ID, police said.

The suspect, Grisel Ramirez, 48, Monday posed as an employee of Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center at 12601 Garden Grove Blvd. and entered a room where a mother and her newborn were resting in bed, said Garden Grove police Lt. Jeff Nightengale. Her image was caught on hospital video, police said.

After distracting the mother, the suspect stashed the newborn "into a large tote bag she had brought with her," police said. She then left the room.

The abduction triggered an alert throughout the hospital, and staff members were able to stop the suspect and recover the infant, Nightengale said.

The baby was safely returned to the mother. 

The woman who allegedly took the infant was booked on suspicion of kidnapping. Police said she is not cooperating with investigators.

Police said they would provide additional information later Tuesday.

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-- Andrew Blankstein

 
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