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East McKeesport woman pleads guilty to snatching baby

AP - This undated photo provided by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, shows Breona Moore, of East McKeesport, Pa. She pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to kidnapping a 3-day-old infant from Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. (AP Photo/ Pittsburgh Bureau of Police)
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>This undated photo provided by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, shows Breona Moore, of East McKeesport, Pa. She pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to kidnapping a 3-day-old infant from  Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. (AP Photo/ Pittsburgh Bureau of Police)
- The family of then 3-day-old Bryce Coleman reacts after being reunited with the infant after he was abducted by alleged suspect Breona Moore, 19, of McKeesport in 2012 from Magee-Womens Hospital in Oakland. (Submitted photo by Charnekia Fullenwider)
The family of then 3-day-old Bryce Coleman reacts after being reunited with the infant after he was abducted by alleged suspect Breona Moore, 19, of McKeesport in 2012 from Magee-Womens Hospital in Oakland. (Submitted photo by Charnekia Fullenwider)

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Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:03 a.m.
 

An East McKeesport woman pleaded guilty on Monday to kidnapping a newborn in August 2012 from Magee-Womens Hospital.

Breona Moore, 21, was 19 when she dressed in hospital scrubs, posed as a nurse and took the baby boy in a zippered handbag.

The abduction triggered a hospital lockdown and countywide police search lasting almost five hours. Police found Moore and the boy, who was unharmed, in a janitor's closet of a Downtown building.

Moore said in a Facebook post at the time that the baby was hers. She told friends that she went to Magee to have a Caesarean section.

In court, Moore responded with only “yes, sir” or “no, sir” to questions from Judge Randal B. Todd.

She is scheduled to be sentenced on June 24.

“After Breona had an opportunity to realize what she did, she was remorseful. Today, she's taking ownership of it,” said her attorney, Blaine Jones.

Police charged Moore with kidnapping, interfering with the custody of a child, unlawful restraint, concealing the whereabouts of a child, criminal trespass, recklessly endangering another person and impersonation. She could get as much as 58 years in prison but is likely to receive a lesser sentence.

Jones said Moore has no criminal history, which could factor favorably into the judge's sentencing decision.

Adam Brandolph is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-391-0927 or abrandolph@tribweb.com.

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