Gabriela Osorio Faces Arraignment Today for Allegedly Stabbing New Mom and Stealing Baby

According to the charges against Gabriela Osorio, the 28-year-old Santa Ana woman lied to her boyfriend and family about being pregnant, befriended a woman who really was pregnant, told her boyfriend and family she gave birth, tried to kill the real new mom and kidnapped her supposed friend's baby.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office announcement on this morning's scheduled arraignment of Osorio, who could get life in prison if convicted of the charges against her, follows after the jump . . .

June 24, 2010


SANTA ANA - A woman will be arraigned tomorrow for stabbing a new mother with the intention of kidnapping her infant child. Gabriela Osorio, 28, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count each of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, kidnapping a child under 14 years of age, and first degree residential burglary, three felony counts of child abuse and endangerment, and two felony counts of criminal threats. She faces sentencing enhancements and allegations for having a non-accomplice present during a residential burglary, causing great bodily injury, and the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, Osorio faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison. She is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow June 25, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

Prior to March 2010, Osorio is accused of lying to her boyfriend and family by falsely claiming that she was pregnant. When her family became suspicious, the defendant is accused of telling her family that she gave birth to a baby girl on March 3, 2010, but the baby had to remain at the hospital for medical reasons. Osorio is accused of devising a plan to kidnap a baby and pass off the child as her own to put her family's suspicions to rest.

In May 2010, the defendant is accused of going to a medical clinic in Santa Ana to meet a mother with a new born child. Osorio is accused of befriending the victim Lucia I. and gaining her trust.  

On May 28, 2010, Osorio is accused of arriving at the victim's Santa Ana home with the intention of stealing the infant. The defendant is accused of trying to suffocate victim Lucia I. with a plastic bag and a pillow. Osorio is accused of stabbing the mother three times in the ribs, shoulder and back of the neck with a kitchen knife that she found at the victim's home.

The victim's infant child and two other toddlers, both two years old, were in the room during the attack.  Lucia I. escaped and ran outside with her two toddlers to a neighbor's house where she called 911. Osorio is accused of remaining in the victim's home with the baby.  

Neighbors observed the bleeding victim run from the house and went to plead with the defendant to give them the baby. Osorio is accused of moving the new baby from one area to another inside the house and threatening to harm her. She is accused of handing over the child to the neighbors when she heard that police had arrived on the scene.     

Paramedics transported Lucia I. to the hospital, where she was treated for her stab wounds and released.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Alison Gyves of the Felony Panel is prosecuting this case.


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