Amber Alert: Search for Kidnapped Infant Continues, Police Following Leads - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/5/06

Amber Alert: Search for Kidnapped Infant Continues, Police Following Leads

Monday morning an Amber Alert is still in effect as police continue to search for a newborn baby stolen from her mother. Police are still looking for Priscilla Nicole maldonado. She was kidnapped from her home around 1 p.m. Sunday, just two days after she was born. The family tells police the baby was taken by a woman they thought was a nurse at University Medical Center. Meanwhile, authorities have a person of interest in custody. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta has been following the investigation and brings us the latest.

This morning authorities are holding a person of interest at the Lubbock County Jail on unrelated charges. Just before 10 p.m. Sunday, police received a call form employees at Lubbock Heart Hospital saying that a woman there matched the suspect's description. Police arrested the woman for unauthorized us of a stolen vehicle from Abilene.

Meanwhile, police are still searching for Baby Priscilla. Here's some background on the story: The family first met the woman at UMC after Priscilla was born. She told them her name was Lisa Stewart and they thought she was a nurse because she always checked on Priscilla in her hospital room. But we have confirmed that the woman did not work for UMC. The hospital released Priscilla to her family on Friday. The family tells us Stewart asked for their address to drop off gifts for the baby.

Around 1 p.m. Sunday, Stewart arrived at their home, asking to take the baby to meet her sister who lived down the block. Priscilla's mother, Erica, said 'no', but Stewart insisted. Erica finally agreed, but only if she could go with her, so they started walking down the block. But when Erica turned around to take care of her other child, the woman disappeared with her baby down the street.

"My son got ahead of me and I grabbed his arm to hold him back when I turned around, she wasn't there no more with my baby," says Erica.

Authorities say the woman in custody fits the description of the suspect. She's described as a white female, between 30 and 40 years old, about 5'6, 140 pounds, with blonde hair.

Again, a Nationwide Amber Alert is still underway for Priscilla Nicole Maldonado. She's just five days old. She was born with Jaundice and may need medical care.

Please call Crimeline at 741-1000 if you have any information that could help authorities locate the infant.

We have also learned the FBI is now part of the investigation.

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