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Woman arrested after alleged attempted kidnapping of newborn

June 8, 2019

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities say a woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnapping after allegedly posing as a social worker and trying to convince a mother to hand over her newborn baby.

Santa Ana police said Saturday the 38-year-old woman was booked but her name won’t be released because detectives are working with sheriff’s departments in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties on possibly related investigations.

The mother told KABC-TV the woman came to her door Friday and told her she was there to take her 1-week-old baby into protective custody.

The mother refused and the woman threatened to return with sheriff’s deputies. Family members recorded the woman on video as she left.

The woman turned herself into police after the video aired on TV.

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