The suspect was arrested and the baby was returned to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital to be reunited with his mother. A second suspect was reportedly arrested late Friday night.
The 1-day-old baby boy, Julian, was born at 8 a.m. Friday at Cottage Hospital.
At about 1:30 p.m. a female suspect went to the third floor of the hospital, where the baby was kept, and concealed the boy in a handbag under blankets.
The suspect was seen wearing pink hospital scrubs, and appeared to be posing as a hospital employee. Police say that suspect is 33-year-old Leianna Patricia Arzate.
Arzate left the hospital and was seen in a nearby parking lot changing clothes.
Police say that Azarte was described driving a blue-colored Chevy Impala and was last seen wearing pink hospital scrubs before she was apprehended.
Police caught up with Azarte and arrested them just before 4 p.m. Friday. The baby was safely recovered.
Authorities say there was surveillance video of the suspect leaving the hospital. It was not known if authorities used that video to find her.
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