Prosecutors on Thursday alleged that two men accused of kidnapping a 3-month-old San Jose baby tried to snatch the infant at least three times — once posing as a social worker and allowing the child’s parents to drop her. to demand.
Yesenia Ramirez, 43, and Jose Portillo, 28, also tried to carry the baby twice during trips to Walmart, either distracting the boy’s grandmother or the child in a carrier with an empty second car. Tried to replace my shopping cart with . Newly filed court documents.
The revelation comes as Santa Clara County prosecutors filed three new felony charges of attempted kidnapping against Ramirez and Portillo, who is accused of kidnapping the child from her grandmother’s San Jose apartment on April 25, which attracted national attention. Officials say Ramirez was a friend of the family.
20 hours exam ended after a day According to court documents, when officers found the baby safe in Portillo’s apartment, which contained diapers, baby formula and a baby carrier.
Deputy District Attorney Rebekah Wise, who is prosecuting the case, said of the new allegations, “It’s absolutely shocking.” “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.”
Still, questions remained on Thursday about the motive for the alleged kidnapping plots, which began as early as March 5, prosecutors alleged.
The two appear to have “case” the child’s San Jose home before settling on his first plan as a social worker in early March and demanding the parents drop their child. Before committing, exchanged photos of both its exterior and interior layout. Court documents said. On March 14, the two wrote about a “script” that Portillo would use to say that he was a Child Protective Services worker who needed to take the child home as he was raised safely. was not happening.
Prosecutors said the argument broke down when the family called Child Protective Services, which responded that they had not hired anyone to pick up the child. Portillo left after refusing to hand over the child.
Court documents show that prosecutors used phone records to tie Portillo to the child’s home during the alleged visit. Documents said Ramirez was at the child’s home with his family the entire time.
Prosecutors suspect that Portillo and Ramirez once again tried to pick up the baby on March 28 – this time, while the infant’s family brought her to Walmart. Prosecutors allege that the two wrote about a plan for Portillo to move to a shopping cart at Walmart on Story Road with an empty baby carrier and swap carts with the baby’s grandmother so they could take the baby. Meanwhile, Ramirez plans to accompany Grandma on her shopping trip.
Court documents say prosecutors say the two, seen on surveillance cameras in the store, abandoned their plan after realizing they couldn’t switch without being seen.
According to court documents, Ramirez and Portillo tried for the last time on the morning of April 25, while the child’s grandmother took the child to Walmart. Court documents state that the pair instructed each other throughout the tour, prosecutors allege, but that plan was abandoned when Ramírez was long enough to get the child’s grandmother to take the child to Portillo. Couldn’t distract for long, court documents said.
Less than two hours later, San Jose police say Portillo was successful in picking up the child, leading him to search for 20 hours.
The pair remain in prison without bail on previously filed charges of conspiracy to commit felony, kidnapping a child under the age of 14 and first-degree theft, all felony charges.
Standing outside the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice, Ramirez’s attorney, Cody Salfen, said his client was “terrified” of being jailed. He defended him against prosecutors’ charges, which he called a “first for him.”
“There is a gap between the allegations and the facts,” Salfen said.
Salfane also attributed the child’s supply to the fact that her client and the child’s family had a “very close relationship” and that Ramírez was the “caregiver” for the child, who received the “absolute blessings and blessings of her family”. Welcome”.
Questions arose on Thursday about Ramirez’s connection to a small San Jose church where a 3-year-old girl died in a ceremony whose pastor claimed to “free her from her evil spirits”. Church members have said that Ramirez attended services there.
The girl, Arely Naomi Proctor, died of suffocation in September, and her death has been ruled a homicide by the Santa Clara County Coroner’s office. His mother, Claudia Hernandez, is arrested and charged with assaulting a child resulting in death in connection with a fatal exorcism. He is in jail and is being kept without bail.
The property’s landlord said that during the search for the child, San Jose police searched the house where the church serves services on the 1000 block of South 2nd Street.
Recognizing the exorcism in the church, the leaders of the church of Iglesia Apostolus y Profitas also confirmed that at least one of the kidnapping suspects, Ramírez, attended services there with the infant’s mother and grandmother.