California missing baby-grandmother arrested
We have all seen bad mothers here on BB; she is by far not the worst.
However I think Ericka Gallego is a contestant for the craziest grandmother and mother in law featured on BB. Technically she’s a Bad Breeder candidate since she inflicted unimaginable trauma to her son and his wife. Sometimes we forget that some breeders terrorize their children well into adulthood.
Ericka Gallego (58) of California claimed she was pregnant. Ericka, who I suspect is a big hog of a woman, even went so far as to throw a baby shower for herself. Neighbors and friends of Ericka were skeptical though. More then likely stuck around just to see what the next stop on the crazy train was going to be.
Meanwhile her son and his wife Kristen had given birth to the cutest little girl named Ramey. On Mother’s day Ericka would see her granddaughter for the first time. I think everyone can guess what happens next.
Kristen and her husband had no idea what this psychopath was brewing for the last few months.
On May 21st around 10pm, Kristen put little Ramey (who was 4-months-old) to bed. During the night Ericka, the paternal grandmother quietly crept into the house and kidnapped little Ramey. Kristen woke at 6am to find her daughter missing from her bassinet. I can not fathom the agony that the parents must have been in when they saw the bassinet empty. The police were called and 100 volunteers helped search for little Ramey.
When Ericka showed up at her home with a 4 month old that she claimed was a 2 1/2 week old newborn, neighbors and friends became rightfully suspicious. With in 24 hours neighbors and friends of Ericka had alerted police to little Ramey’s where abouts.
When the police found Ramey with Ericka they asked Kristen Gallego and her husband if they wanted to fully prosecute her. Kirsten said (hell) “yeah” and so did her husband.
The worst part of all of this? No one in the family suspected that Ericka would do this. Ericka Gallego had worked as a middle school teacher’s aide and retired in June. They didn’t feel that she would ever have done something like this and were beyond shocked when Ramey was located in Ericka’s care.
Ericka’s roommate Jamie Portugal said it best “She wasn’t all there from the get-go; it’s a good feeling to know the baby’s going back to her mother.”
Ericka Gallego was being held at Los Angeles County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping. Bail has been set at $150,000. On Monday she was charged with one count of felony kidnapping of a child under the age of 14 which can carry an 11 year sentence in prison.
That will give her enough time to practice knitting sweater sets, making candies and crocheting doilies like every other normal grandmother out there.
I would like to point out why this is a good story. Little Ramey was returned to her loving parents unhurt. She will continue to live in a loving home surrounded by concerned and loving neighbors, family and friends. That’s heart warming really.
Ramey’s mother woke early in the morning to care for bundle of joy which is unusual for BB. The parents were involved in the search for their little girl, they chose to prosecute a family member to the fullest degree and are grateful for little Ramey’s safe return home.
Finally I can end a story confident that a child has a shot at a good life.
Kudos to the friends and neighbors of Ericka for turning her worthless ass in. They may have saved little Ramey’s life. Who knows what that whack job would have done with her?
Thanks Diamond for the tip!
***Thanks to itsmesg2003 for the write-up.***