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Woman gets 24 years for stabbing mother, trying to steal baby

January 16, 2013 |  4:18 pm

Gabriela OsorioAn Orange County woman who lied to her boyfriend and family about being pregnant was sentenced Wednesday to 24 years in state prison for stabbing a new mother and attempting to kidnap her infant child, prosecutors said.

Gabriela Osorio, 30, pleaded guilty to one felony count each of attempted murder, kidnapping a child under 14 years of age, first-degree residential burglary, criminal threats, false imprisonment by violence and three felony counts of aggravated assault with a knife causing great bodily injury, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.

Prosecutors said Osorio's family became suspicious of her claims of being pregnant.

In April 2010, Osorio, a Santa Ana resident, told them that she had given birth but that the baby had to remain in the hospital for medical reasons. At that point, prosecutors said, she devised a plan to kidnap a child whom she would claim as her own.

That May, prosecutors said, Osorio went to a Santa Ana medical clinic to find a pregnant woman with the intent of becoming close with a mother and then stealing her child.

She befriended a woman identifed by prosecutors only as Lucia, who was about to give birth. Five days before the baby girl was born, Osorio visited Lucia's home and brought her baby supplies as a gift, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Osorio returned to the woman's home, and tried to suffocate her with a plastic bag and a pillow.

The woman struggled to get away, biting off a chunk of one of Osorio's fingers.

Osorio responded by stabbing the woman three times with a kitchen knife, prosecutors said.

Lucia's 7-day-old baby and two other children, who were 3 and 4, were in the room, prosecutors said.

Lucia escaped with her two older children to a neighbor's house and called 911, while Osorio was still in the house with the infant.

Neighbors, who saw the bleeding woman fleeing the house, went to the home to plead with Osorio to hand over the baby.

Instead, she threatened to kill the infant if Lucia didn't return, prosecutors said. But when neighbors told her police had arrived, she gave them the baby.

The mother was taken to a hospital where she was treated for the stab wounds and released.


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Photo: Gabriela Osorio. Credit: Santa Ana Police Department.