A 41-year-old woman has pleaded guilty and was granted probation for impersonating a social worker in an attempt to abduct a newborn boy in Santa Ana, according to court records obtained Monday.
Sara Orozco Magana pleaded guilty Friday to attempted kidnapping of a child and attempting to take a minor from a parent, both felonies. Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner placed her on two years of formal probation and sentenced her to four days in jail, but she had credit for that time behind bars already, according to court records.
Steiner also sentenced her to 364 days in jail, but suspended that punishment as long as she clears terms of her probation, according to court records.
Steiner also ordered Magana to not enter hospital or maternity wards and to stay 100 yards away from preschools, nursery schools and daycare centers. She is also prohibited from being around children ages 3 or younger as well as toddler areas at theme parks and malls.
Magana could have faced up to 7 1/2 years in prison if convicted at trial.
Magana knocked on the door of a Santa Ana residence June 7, 2019, and told the newborn’s mother she was from Social Services and that she needed to take the one-week-old boy, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The woman would not provide identification and falsely suggested possible abuse before threatening to call police if the mother did not turn over her son, prosecutors said. The mother’s sister recorded the incident and the footage was later released by Santa Ana police to help identify Magana.
Magana turned herself in following news reports about the attempted abduction.