(PM)- SANTA ANA, CA — A California woman who posed as a state social worker has surrendered to police after allegedly trying to kidnap a newborn in Santa Ana, CA on Friday.
According to police, the incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Friday. The mother of the child says that a woman came knocking on her door claiming she was Mayellah Ortega with Orange County Social Services and demanded to take her newborn. When the mother asked for identification, the women became aggressive and threatened to call the police.
The unidentified women even threatened to call police herself for not cooperating with her orders. Finally, after the mother refused to hand over her child, the unidentified woman gave up and walked away into a van.
Santa Ana police said the suspect surrendered and was detained for questioning. Authorities confirmed the suspect was not employed with Orange County Children and Family Services.
Police are working to determine if there were other potential kidnappings but at this time, it’s unknown if there were other victims. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Santa Ana Police Department.