TRANSIENT WOMAN CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL AS SHE WALKED TO SCHOOL IN SANTA ANA

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A transient woman was charged yesterday with kidnapping a 12-year-old girl as she walked to school in Santa Ana.

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
Claudia Hernandez, 34, transient Charged on Feb. 22, 2018, with the following felony counts:

  • Kidnapping a child under 14
  • Child stealing
11 years in state prison Pre-trial hearing

March 2, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Feb. 21, 2018, at approximately 7:45 a.m., 12-year-old Jane Doe was walking to her intermediate school near Main Street and Cubbon Street in the city of Santa Ana.
  • Hernandez is accused of approaching the girl, grabbing her around the torso, and retaining control of her as she led the victim several hundred feet down Main Street.
  • A woman who was driving down the street witnessed Jane Doe in distress, pulled over to assist, and called 911.
  • The Santa Ana Police Department responded to the scene and located the defendant nearby, where she was arrested.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Julie Butler, Central Justice Center

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 18CF0538 / February 23, 2018

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