The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said that a lady from California was detained after she reportedly tried to kidnap a newborn from a hospital while posing as a nurse.
According to a news statement from the sheriff’s office, Jesenea Miron, 23, entered the Riverside University Health System – Medical Center in Moreno Valley on Thursday night pretending to be a recently recruited nurse.
She managed to enter the maternity ward, entered a patient’s room, pretended to be a nurse, and then tried to kidnap the baby, according to the press statement.
The release stated, “The suspect was confronted by hospital staff, who then notified security. The female fled the location before she was able to be apprehended by hospital security or law enforcement.”
Without the infant, Miron departed the hospital. She was apprehended early on Friday morning at a Moreno Valley residence after being recognized by the sheriff’s office as the would-be kidnapper. According to prison documents, investigators also discovered other evidence-worthy objects at the house.
She is being jailed at the Robert Presley Detention Center on a $1 million bond after being accused of abduction.
Jennifer Cruikshank, CEO of RUHS – Medical Center, stated that the hospital is collaborating with the sheriff’s office to establish how Miron gained access to the patient’s room.
“Riverside University Health System– Medical Center has multiple layers of security to protect the safety and well-being of patients and staff, and we’re thankful those systems and our vigilant staff were able to thwart this suspect. “Our security protocols have been reviewed and reinforced, and we have additional sheriff’s deputies on campus. We are also working with the family to address their concerns and ensure their emotional well-being,” Cruikshank stated in a press release.