After reportedly posing as a nurse and entering a hospital’s maternity unit to abduct a baby, a woman is being held on a $1 million bond.
According to a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the incident happened on Thursday, July 14, when hospital staff at the Riverside University Health System – Medical Center alerted Moreno Valley Sheriff’s deputies in California of an alleged “individual impersonating a nurse on campus.”
The suspect, later identified as 23-year-old Jesenea Miron of Moreno Valley, California, allegedly entered the hospital under the guise of a recently hired nurse to access the medical area where all the newborn infants were being cared for.
“The female entered a patient’s hospital room and identified herself as a nurse,” said the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “While inside the patient’s room, she attempted to take their newborn infant.”
Miron‘s access to the maternity ward is unclear, as are the security measures in place at the hospital.
The medical staff eventually confronted Miron and reported the breach and alleged attempted kidnapping to security.
“The female fled the location before she was able to be apprehended by hospital security or law enforcement,” said the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “Investigators served a search warrant at the 11000 block of Weber Street in the city of Moreno Valley, where Miron was located and arrested. Additional items of evidentiary value were also located inside the residence.”
According to the authorities, Miron was arrested on kidnapping-related charges and is detained at the Robert Presley Detention Center on a $1 million bail.