Grisel Ramirez Attempts to Kidnap Newborn Baby from Hospital
Grisel Ramirez disguised herself as a nurse and tried to kidnap a newborn infant from a hospital in a tote bag, but was caught after the sensors attached to the baby alarmed the nursing staff.
Grisel Ramirez posed as a nurse and walked into the California Garden Grove Medical Center room of a new mother and her infant this morning and caused a distraction that allowed the stranger to place the baby in a tote bag and leave, according to police.
Grisel Ramirez, 48, was arrested Monday at Garden Grove Medical Center after a hospital staffer stopped her from leaving with the baby, Lt. Jeff Nightengale said during a news conference.
"At this point we don't have a solid reason why she stole the baby," Nightengale said.
Ramirez is accused of posing as a nurse who came into the room of the baby's mother and told her to take a shower before a doctor came to examine her, Nightengale said.
Once the baby's mother was out of the room, Ramirez allegedly put the newborn in a purple tie-dyed tote bag and tried to carry her out of the ward.
"An alarm went off when the baby crossed an imaginary line" in the hospital that set off a sensor, Nightengale said.
Nightengale added that the baby was only in the bag for a short period of time. She wasn't harmed and is back in the care of her mother
Nightengale credits an alert employee and hospital policies for stopping Ramirez and saving the baby.
"The hospital staff reacted as they should," said Nightengale.