Woman dressed as nurse tries to kidnap 2-day-old baby from Atlanta-area hospital by stashing newborn in her purse

(NY Daily News) Oh baby, is she in trouble!

A Georgia woman disguised as a nurse tried to steal a newborn girl. Now she has to pay the price for her botched hospital abduction.
Naquelle Sontieq Ballard, 19, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping and false imprisonment charges Monday, reported The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Surveillance cameras recorded Ballard snatch Chloe, a 2-day-old girl, from a room at Southern Regional Medical Center Women’s Life Center in Riverdale, Ga. last January.
She placed the newborn in her purse and tried to exit the building, but an alarm system alerted hospital staff. Two workers jumped in her way and recovered the baby girl.
Ballard escaped but realized she forgot her car keys in her purse, so she returned to the hospital to retrieve them.
Employees wrote down Ballard’s license plate and responding officers arrested her five miles away in Lake City, police said.
Ballard reportedly had a miscarriage before the incident. She already told her boyfriend that she was pregnant and wanted a replacement baby.
Jasmere Brown, the girl’s mother, did not attend Ballard’s sentencing, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Sorry about her loss,” Brown told Channel 2 Action News, “but she just can’t go around and make someone else have a loss and miss their child.”
Brown was so traumatized by the event that she reportedly left the state altogether. Ballard will need to meet with Brown if the mother deems it necessary to her healing process, as ordered by the judge.
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