Levelland PD: Missing newborn found safe, mother arrested

Levelland PD: Missing newborn found safe, mother arrested
Maria Barrientez, arrested Sunday on kidnapping charges related to her newborn baby. (Lubbock County Detention Center)

LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) - Levelland Police announced Sunday afternoon Jaylee Deleon has been found safe:

The Levelland Police Department along with the Texas Rangers have been able to obtain the safe return of a missing infant and the arrest of the biological mother.
Chief Albert Garcia

In a news release sent just after 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Garcia said Levelland detectives received a tip 35-year-old Maria Barrientez and baby were in Lubbock.

Jaylee was found in good condition at an undisclosed location in Lubbock, but Barrientez was not with her.

Levelland Police found Barrientez in the 200 block of Avenue O, where she was arrested for kidnapping. She was taken to the Lubbock County Detention Center.


Missing Levelland mother and baby (Levelland Police Department)
Missing Levelland mother and baby (Levelland Police Department)

Levelland Police are asking for help locating a mother accused of kidnapping her newborn baby.

Chief Albert Garcia tells KCBD the mother, 35-year-old Maria Barrientez, took 2-day-old Jaylee Deleon from her paternal grandmother’s home on November 23.

Garcia says Barrientez took the baby from the home while the grandmother was out of the room. There is no description on the vehicle she left the home in.

The baby had been placed with the grandmother by Texas Child Protective Services workers because both the mother and baby both tested positive for meth and opium.

The Texas Rangers are assisting Levelland Police in their search. Garcia says Barrientez has ties to the town of Greeley, in Northern Colorado and Pueblo in Southern Colorado as well as to the Clovis area.

An arrest warrant for Barrientez has been issued for kidnapping. Garcia says an Amber Alert has not been issued for the girl.

Anyone who knows where the mother and baby might be are asked to call Levelland Police at (806) 894-6164.

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