A suspect is accused of kidnapping a 3-month-old baby from his northern grandmother California The house has become woman-friendly and has become “obsessed” with the baby, according to local reports in Spanish.
Grandma Victoria Mejia told Univision 14 San Francisco that she met Yesenia Guadalupe Ramirez, 43, in the church. Fox affiliate KTVU-TV reported that Ramirez befriended her and appeared to hover over her when her grandson, Brandon Cuellar, was near her.
Cuellar’s mom Jessica Ayala said she constantly wanted to be around the baby. She said she was cleaning houses when she got a call from her sister-in-law to inform her of the kidnapping.
“I didn’t know how to act,” she told Univision. “I fell to the ground and it was a moment that I can’t explain.”
Police said the boy was kidnapped on April 25 from Mejia’s apartment in San Jose while she was unloading groceries. He was found Tuesday after an extensive police search. The Univision report said Ramirez, 43, persuaded Mejia to go with her to Walmart so they could buy baby supplies before the alleged kidnapping.
Authorities said she was arrested after she continued to change her story during a police interview.
A guide discovered a truck allegedly registered to Ramirez and Cuellar was found at the home of Jose Roman Portillo, also accused in the case. His connection to the case was not disclosed.
He was allegedly seen on CCTV holding an infant car seat and walking into a car moments after taking the infant. The San Jose Police Department said the third person arrested, Widomeo Sandoval, 37, was released from police custody Thursday and will not face charges.
Univision’s relatives told that he is married to Ramirez.
Police said they claimed to have planned the kidnapping.