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Published August 19, 2013, 02:21 PM

Minneapolis woman gets 3 years in prison for abducting baby

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis woman was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for abducting a friend's baby, triggering a frantic search.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis woman was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for abducting a friend's baby, triggering a frantic search.

Isabel Diaz-Castillo, 30, was sentenced in Hennepin County after earlier pleading guilty to one count of kidnapping. The abduction of the 8-month-old boy last February prompted an Amber Alert. Prosecutors say Diaz-Castillo befriended the baby's mother about a month before the child was taken from his Minneapolis apartment.

According to the criminal complaint, Diaz-Castillo had taken "an extreme interest" in the boy.

The boy's mother called police after the baby was taken while she was in the shower. Authorities found Diaz-Castillo with the baby in her arms in the basement of her south Minneapolis apartment. She refused to hand over the child, saying "That's my baby."

Diaz-Castillo will get credit for 181 days she's been behind bars, WCCO-TV reported. After she finishes her sentence, she must register in the United States as a predatory offender or face deportation.

Diaz-Castillo also had some suitcases packed at her home, and her boyfriend said they were going to be moving at the end of the month. The kidnapping happened after Diaz-Castillo told the boy's mother that she had recently suffered a miscarriage.

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