LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) – A judge has set bail at $5 million for a woman accused of kidnapping her 4-month-old granddaughter from her son’s Knightsen home and then taking a cab 350 miles to her home in Los Angeles County.

Contra Costa County prosecutors said the judge raised 58-year-old Ericka Gallego’s bail from $150,000 on Wednesday after she was also charged with residential burglary.

Gallego was already facing a kidnapping charge in the disappearance of her granddaughter, Ramy Amadea Gallego, over the weekend from Knightsen, a town about 55 miles from San Francisco.

She was arrested at her home in El Monte on Sunday. According to acquaintances, Gallego said the baby was her own.

The Contra Costa Times reports that she is expected to be transported to Contra Costa County Jail from Los Angeles County in coming days.

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Comments (4)
  1. Bloodhounds says:

    What a dumb b—-! Like someone is going to believe it’s her baby at 58? What is going on? People are so stupid!

  2. NRA Life Member says:

    A 350 mile cab ride? What would that be, $1000.00 or more? I’m sure that happens all the time.

    Police recently arrested a man for robbing a bank and a grocery store at gunpoint and his bail was set at $100,000. This grandmother’s bail is $5 million? Although, admittedly, she has some serious issues, she didn’t intend to harm the child. It looks like she wanted to raise it as her own. It’s not like she took the kid by sticking a gun in the parent’s face. Why should the bail of a violent armed criminal be 1/50th as high as a disturbed 58 yr old grandmother? Isn’t bail supposed to reflect the potential danger to society if the suspect is released from custody? Which person is more dangerous?

  3. coco says:

    maybe she saw abuse? one never knows

  4. Kodiax says:

    she took a CAB 350 miles? wonder what that cost…….

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