The woman who stole a 3-day-old baby from a Lubbock hospital in March, was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole and five years supervised release Friday afternoon.
Rayshaun Parson pleaded guilty to kidnapping charges back in August. She took baby Mychael Darthard-Dawodu from Covenant Lakeside Medical Center on March 10th.
Her attorney planned to plead insanity, according to court papers, but Parson surprised the court by pleading guilty.
On March 10th, surveillance cameras caught 21-year-old Parson leaving Covenant Lakeside wearing medical scrubs, a puffy jacket, and carrying a large bag. Investigators believe she took baby Mychael out of the hospital in that bag.
The baby was jaundice, making the nation-wide Amber Alert even more critical. Lubbock Police say they received 200 tips in two hours, but it just took one to lead them to Clovis, New Mexico. That's where police found Parson driving a maroon car near her home, and soon after baby Mychael at a home 20-blocks away.
"We would like to thank God and all who prayed for us for the family through this ordeal," Mychael's grandfather Darrell Darthard told NewsChannel 11 on March 12th.
After months of planning a defense, Parson surprised the court and pleaded guilty on August 16th, four days before her trial was scheduled to start.
"My understanding was that the defendant just chose to enter a guilty plea, wanted to do that," Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Sucsy told NewsChannel 11 on August 16th.
When Parson pleaded guilty, she told her attorney that she knows the pain of losing a baby since she lost one herself, and she never wanted to inflict that kind of pain on any other mother.
Parson faced 20-years to life in prison. Prosecutors did not offer a reduced sentence for her plea.
NewsChannel 11 is continuing to follow this story. We will keep bring you the latest tonight on NewsChannel 11 at Five and Six, also here on kcbd.com.
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