(Phoenix) – The office of Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell has announced the indictment of Rosa Maria Santana (DOB 04/99). Santana faces one count of child abuse, a class four felony. *
According to law enforcement on July 12, Santana allegedly placed her six-day old baby in a duffel bag and removed him from Valleywise Health Medical Center, triggering an Amber Alert. The baby was receiving treatment and using a feeding tube when he was removed from the hospital.
Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell stated, “In this case, a child less than a week old was put in harms way. Our office will fight for justice for those who don’t have a voice and are most vulnerable.”
*A charge in a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Rosa Maria Santana Indictment