CHILLING new details have emerged in the failed abduction plot of a three-month-old baby as the alleged kidnapper reportedly faked a pregnancy before snatching the boy from his California home.
Authorities believe Yesenia Guadalupe Ramirez, 43, planned the kidnapping in order to trick a man she had been dating that Brandon Cuellar had been their child instead.
Francisco Marquez claims Yesenia Ramirez tried to pass off Brandon Cuellar as her own childCredit: Hand Out
Ramirez (center) and Jose Roman Portillo (left) were charged with kidnapping Brandon Cuellar in April – the third suspect was releasedCredit: AP
Francisco Marquez said in an interview that he had a romantic relationship with Ramirez, revealing to Noticias Univision 14 that he never imagined that the baby he held in his arms was the same one that had been kidnapped last month.
“I thought he was mine,” said Marquez. “I was like in shock, I can’t believe it.”
After hearing about Brandon’s case on the news, Marquez said he went to police to tell them what Yesenia had allegedly led him to believe.
“I called the police and they told me if I could go. I went, gave my statement and they told me that this child was not mine nor was it hers,” he said.
Marquez claims that Ramirez told him that she had given birth to their son in early March. At first, he didn’t believe her but says Ramirez showed him photos of the child on her cellphone, which was later found by police in her home.
Still not convinced, Marquez said Ramirez brought baby Brandon to him on March 3.
In reality, Brandon’s actual mother, Carolina Ayala said that Ramirez had her son that day to supposedly “buy him some gifts.”
For Marquez, that was the day he believed that Brandon was his child. “That day what I wanted was to carry my baby, because I thought he was mine,” he said.
“I hugged him, I slept with him, we changed him together.”
Marquez had only seen the baby twice but said he was very surprised to learn the truth about Brandon.
He said his dreams of building a family with Ramirez and their “son” came crashing down after learning that the child had actually been kidnapped.
He said they already had a name for the baby’s baptism: Angel Marquez Ramirez.
Ramirez appeared in court on April 29, along with Jose Roman Portillo, 28. They are accused of stock-piling baby supplies before the kidnapping.
The duo was charged with kidnapping a child under the age of 14 and first-degree burglary.
Neither have young children, police said.
They are being held without bail, according to local outlets.
A third suspect was released without charge.
Police believe Portillo was the man seen in security footage carrying out the kidnapping. A motive remains unclear.
Santa Clara County District Attorney District Attorney Jeff Rosen told ABC7: “The ‘why’ is not something that we’re going to discuss.
“The ‘why’ will come out in this case at a preliminary hearing, we put our evidence forward to hold the suspects in custody and have a trial.”
But Sgt. Christian Camarillo said Ramirez was a family friend.
The baby boy’s mom said she was befriended by the suspect at church when she was heavily pregnant.
yala told KTST-TV: “She would go to my house a lot, she always wanted to be there.”
Ramirez is reported to have helped baby Brandon’s grandmother run errands on the day he went missing.
She became a suspect after police said she “changed [her story] several times during the interview process.”
Baby Brandon’s grandmother was unloading groceries inside the home when a man walked in and grabbed the baby from a bedroom, according to police.
San Jose Police Sgt Christian Camarillo had said that the priority was getting the baby back home.
He added that the alleged kidnappers arrived at the home with their own baby carrier, suggesting this was a “planned act.”
He was in a black baby carrier with a white blanket draped over it, said police.
The man had walked into the family’s home around 1pm and was seen holding the carrier with the boy inside.
He was wearing black pants, a dark blue shirt, gray shoes, a black face mask and a gray baseball hat.
The following day, police towed away a Nissan Pathfinder from near the scene and confirmed to NBC Bay Area that it was related to the kidnapping investigation.
The baby’s mother was reportedly at work when he was taken.
“This incident is a parents’ worst nightmare. We are fortunate it resulted in a positive outcome,” San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata said.
Three-month-old Brandon Cuellar was abducted from his own home last monthCredit: San Jose Police Department
Brandon’s mother Carolina Ayala said that Ramirez tried to befriend her when she was pregnant with her sonCredit: NBC BAY AREA
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