Baby-snatcher caught in Santa Maria

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Authorities located a woman and the infant northwest of Santa Barbara in the city of /*Santa Maria*/ at Leianna Arzate's home.

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.

The /*Santa Barbara Police Department*/ immediately issued an /*Amber Alert*/. Information with the suspect's description and the suspect's vehicle were posted on freeways signs throughout California.

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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