Grandma Accused of Kidnapping Baby ... Via Taxi

58-year-old took granddaughter from San Francisco to Los Angeles
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 24, 2011 11:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – A woman snatched her infant granddaughter from her son's Northern California home and took a cab 350 miles to her home in Los Angeles County, where she claimed the baby was hers, according to investigators. Ericka Gallego, 58, was arrested at her house yesterday and charged with felony kidnapping. She reportedly sneaked into her son's home and took the sleeping baby out of her bassinet, then hopped into a taxi for a ride across California.

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Her 4-month-old granddaughter has been returned to her son's family. Gallego—who we will point out again is 58 years old—told friends she was pregnant, according to her landlord's son. (Read more kidnapping stories.)

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