Gabriela Osorio really wanted a baby. She thought she was pregnant and family and friends showered her with attention. But when it turned out she wasn't, police say she allegedly stabbing a 26-year-old mother and tried to kidnap her week-old daughter.
Osorio, 28, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and attempted kidnapping Friday shortly after she fled the victim's house with the baby, said Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
Anthony Bertagna, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department, told the LA Times the situation began when Osorio believed she was pregnant and was showered with attention from her boyfriend and family. Later Osorio learned she was not pregnant but did not tell anyone.
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“On March 3 she tells everyone that she gave birth, but the baby needed to stay in the hospital because of medical issues," Bertagna said. “That’s when things started to get desperate."
Police say Osorio told them that she began visiting medical clinics around Santa Ana looking for women who matched her physical characteristics and had a newborn baby. She allegedly met and befriended the victim, a 26-year-old Santa Ana woman, at a clinic a week before the attack, Bertagna said.
According to Police, Osorio showed up at the victims house and planned to take the baby when the mother wasn't looking.
When that didn't work, Osorio allegedly tried to suffocate the victim with a plastic bag before stabbing her three times, Bertagna said. During the struggle, the victim bit the tip of Osorio's finger off and managed to escape and alert family members, who called police.
The baby was not hurt. The mother was treated for stab wounds but has been released from the hospital and is at home with her child, police said.
Osorio, of Santa Ana, told her family in March that she had given birth to a baby who had to remain hospitalized with a medical problem, Bertagna said. She then began looking in hospitals and medical clinics for a baby to kidnap.
She allegedly met and befriended the victim, a 26-year-old Santa Ana woman, at a clinic a week before the attack, Bertagna said.
Along with attempted murder and attempted kidnapping, Osorio was charged on suspicion of burglary and assault.