Teenager who lied to her fiancé about being pregnant 'enlisted two gang members to steal her friend's baby so she could pass it off as her own'
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:36 AM on 4th December 2011
Gladys Remigio, 17, from Santa Ana, California, allegedly asked gang members Steven Quirino, 20, and Robert Rodriguez, 19, to steal the child.
She then intended to ride with the men to her boyfriend’s, where she would pass the baby off as her own.
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Scheme: Police said 17-year-old Gladys Remigio had planned to take her roommate's two-week-old daughter, drive to her fiance's and say she was theirs
Convinced: Remigio told Robert Rodriguez, left, and Steven Quirino, right, they could steal whatever they wanted if they would take the baby for her, police said
The newborn's mother, identified only as Norma, told police that Remigio entered her bedroom with a man armed with a gun and ordered Norma into the bathroom while her other children slept.
Norma managed to escape when the two men fled the scene, and she found her baby outside with Remigio.
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At first, the police thought that Remigio was also a victim of the robbery – until the story unravelled.
‘She's engaged to a guy who thinks that she's 8 months pregnant and working in New York City. But she's not pregnant,’ Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Distress: The baby's mother, identified only as Norma, said she was in her room when an armed man forced her into the bathroom while he took her child
Safe: Norma then found her unharmed newborn outside with Remigio
‘Eight months into this lie, she's living with these people who have a two-week old baby. So her master plan was to befriend these two hardcore gang members and have them rob the house.
‘The deal was that she would pay them a little bit of cash and they could steal her iPhone and whatever else they could find in the house,’ he said.
'Remigio planned to drive to where her boyfriend lives, and live happily ever after and present the kidnapped baby as if she had a kid'
Anthony Bertagna, Santa Ana police
Police believe the men did ransack the home, allegedly stealing a video game console.
‘The deal was that the two gang members were going to put the baby in the back of the car and Remigio was going to drive to Chula Vista, where her boyfriend lives, and live happily ever after with her fiance and present the kidnapped baby as if she had a kid,’ he said.
But the men left Remigio at the house with the baby and fled the scene.
Annoyed with the gang members for leaving her behind, Remigio told police one could be found at a nearby doughnut shop. The police tracked him down and he is now in custody.
Remigio then headed towards San Diego County, where she called her boyfriend’s mother and told her that people had kidnapped her, induced labour, and were holding her baby hostage for $10,000.
Caught: Santa Ana Police Corporal Anthony Bertagna said the teenager had told a string of lies to officers as 'she wanted to keep her fiance'
Remigio's future mother-in-law called the police and reported the crime.
The teenager then allegedly changed her story, telling authorities there was never a kidnapping, but that she gave birth to a still born and threw the baby in a trash can.
The police immediately called in child abuse detectives, and they searched dumpsters for the body throughout the night.
When detectives couldn't find a foetus, they re-interviewed Remigio, who allegedly admitted she had been lying the whole time.
‘She said she thought she was pregnant at one point but she wasn't, and she wanted to keep her fiance,’ Bertagna said.
The third suspect was found the following day and taken into custody.
If convicted on all charges Quirino, Rodriguez and Remigio face a maximum sentence of life in state prison
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