Woman accused of posing as nurse to try to kidnap infant at hospital

A Moreno Valley woman accused of posing as a nurse to try to abduct a child from a hospital has been arrested by Riverside County authorities.

Jesenea Miron, 23, was committed to the Robert Presley Detention Center early Friday on suspicion of kidnapping, prison records show.

Deputies assigned to the Riverside University Health System Medical Center were notified by hospital workers at 10:30 a.m. Thursday about an individual posing as a nurse at the facility, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

“In the course of the investigation, deputies learned that a woman posing as a newly hired nurse entered the hospital and was given access to a medical unit containing newborns,” deputies said. “The woman entered a patient’s hospital room and posed as a nurse.”

She then attempted to take the child and was confronted by hospital workers, who notified security, MPs said. The woman fled before she could be apprehended by security or law enforcement officials.

Investigators identified the woman as Miron and issued a search warrant at the 11000 block of Weber Street in the Moreno Valley, where she was found and arrested, lawmakers said. She is being held on $1 million bail.

“Additional probative objects” were found in the apartment, MPs said. Details of the items were not shared on Friday.

Jennifer Cruikshank, the hospital’s chief executive, said the facility has multiple layers of security to protect patients and staff.

The hospital is working with the sheriff’s department to investigate how Miron got into the patient’s room and interacted with the family, Cruikshank said.

“Our safety protocols have been reviewed and strengthened, and we have additional deputy sheriffs on campus,” she said in a statement. “We are also working with the family to address their concerns and ensure their emotional well-being.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Investigator Galvan or Master Investigator Merrill at the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 486-6700 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (951) 776-1099.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-15/woman-accused-of-impersonating-nurse-kidnap-infant-moreno-valley-hospital Woman accused of posing as nurse to try to kidnap infant at hospital

Alley Einstein

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