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Woman Charged With Stealing Baby from Hospital

Breona Moore. Facebook photo.

Police in Pittsburgh, Pa., say 19-year-old Breona Moore dressed up as a nurse and walked out of the hospital Thursday with a newborn baby in a zippered handbag.

Prior to the alleged kidnapping, Moore’s family says the young woman made posts on Facebook claiming she was pregnant, a claim those close to her found suspicious. As soon as Moore’s family saw news reports about a kidnapped infant at a local hospital, they called police, fearing Moore might be the one responsible. According to a criminal complaint, Moore told police after her arrest that “she had convinced people that she was pregnant and told people she had just had a baby.” Police say that Moore, pretending to be a nurse’s aide, took the infant for “one more test” just as nursing staff had removed his security wristband for discharge.

Breona Moore. Police photo.

Police say they found the infant, named Bryce Coleman, in Moore’s possession around 6 p.m. Thursday and returned him to his family. According to a criminal complaint, police discovered Moore hiding with the baby inside a closet in a downtown building.  Coleman was unharmed. Moore is charged with kidnapping, concealing the whereabouts of a child, criminal trespass, unlawful restraint, interference with custody of a child, reckless endangerment and falsely impersonating a nurse.

Earlier this month, California woman Grisel Ramirez, 48, allegedly entered a new mother’s hospital room dressed in scrubs and, posing as a nurse, told the woman to take a shower before a doctor came in to examine her. When the mother was in the shower, police say Ramirez put the woman’s newborn baby girl into a tie dyed tote bag and tried to walk out. Fortunately, the infant had a sensor attached to her that alerted staff at Garden Grove Medical Center, who prevented Ramirez from leaving the premises.

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