The woman accused of attempting to steal a newborn from a hospital in Moreno Valley told investigators that she believed the theft would be “easy,” says a court document, which also stated that she may have snuck into two other hospitals and stole medical records.
Jesenea Miron, 23, was charged Tuesday, July 19, with kidnapping and child stealing with a sentencing enhancement of depriving a parent of a child, Riverside County Superior Court records show. Miron pleaded not guilty to all charges. A hearing on her $1 million bail was set for July 26.
Thursday, the Sheriff’s Department said, Miron disguised herself as a newly hired nurse and entered the Riverside University Health System unit where newborns are placed. She then entered a patient’s room, identified herself as a nurse and tried to take a baby, a news release said.
It was unclear Tuesday who stopped her. The sheriff’s release, as well as a written statement from the hospital, said she was confronted by employees. But a sworn document filed by a sheriff’s investigator in Superior Court that sought to increase Miron’s bail to $1 million said the baby’s father stopped her. RUHS would not attempt to clarify that discrepancy Tuesday, citing the sheriff’s investigation. A sheriff’s spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment late Tuesday.
Miron admitted impersonating a nurse, according to the court document, “and said she wanted to be close to a baby. She also said if she wanted to kidnap a baby it would be easy and she could walk out of a hospital with one.”
A search of her home turned up more evidence, the sheriff’s release said. She was found with ultrasounds from two other, unspecified hospitals, the court document said.
David Maxfield, a spokesman for Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, said that after her arrest, RUHS shared an image of Miron and that RCH staff has now been warned about her.