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Giving Birth Incognito

April 8, 2015 permalink

Rosemarie M Chavez, who had already lost custody of eleven children, tried to save her twelfth by giving a false name to her California maternity hospital.



Mom gave birth under fake name to give officials the slip

Rosemarie M Chavez
(Photo: Yuba County Sheriff's Office)

MARYSVILLE, Calif. — A woman who gave birth to her 12th child in a neighboring county gave the hospital a fake name to avoid child-protection workers, authorities said.

Rosemarie M. Chavez, 36, was booked Saturday into Yuba County Jail here on a suspicion of child stealing charge, said Sgt. Tom Oakes of the Yuba County Sheriff's Office.

Chavez had signed a contract with Yuba County Children's Services, agreeing to check in with the agency after she gave birth. However, she checked into a hospital in Nevada County using a pseudonym, had the baby, then checked out, Oakes said.

Police eventually caught up to Chavez in Solano County, but her 8-day-old baby was not with her when she was taken into custody. The baby's father, who was not arrested, helped lead police to a fourth county, Santa Clara, where they found the baby in San Jose, Calif.

Chavez' other 11 children are in protective custody, Oakes said.

Chavez has a history of drug abuse and child neglect, a Yuba County Children's Services spokesman told KOVR-TV, Sacramento.

Source: USA Today