- 15:59, 29 Apr 2022
- Updated: 20:20, 29 Apr 2022
CHILLING new details have emerged in the abduction of a three-month-old baby boy snatched while his grandma unloaded groceries.
Brandon Cuellar was found a day after he was taken from his California home earlier this week and police initially detained three suspects.
It emerged on Thursday that two of those arrested – Yesenia Guadalupe Ramirez, 43, and Jose Roman Portillo, 28, – are accused of stock-piling baby supplies before the kidnap.
Neither have young children, police said.
Ramirez and Portillo appeared in court on Thursday charged with kidnapping a child under the age of 14 and first-degree burglary.
They are being held without bail, according to local outlets.
The 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.
Carolina Ayala 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 on Monday, 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 Monday 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.
On Tuesday 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.
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