Police: Oregon woman tried to kidnap baby from hospital birthing center

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MEDFORD, OR– A Southern Oregon woman charged with criminal impersonation and attempted kidnapping pleaded not guilty Monday at her arraignment at the Jackson County Courthouse.

Police say 39-year-old Celeste Patton walked into the birthing center at Providence Hospital in Medford on March 4, pretending to be from the Department of Human Services, and tried to kidnap a newborn baby.

Officers say hospital staff wouldn’t let her inside the baby area and Patton left before security arrived.

The incident was reported to Medford Police, but Patton’s identity was unknown at the time.

On Sunday, police say they made contact with Patton during an unrelated report of disorderly conduct.

An officer made the connection between Patton and the March 4 incident at Providence Hospital and called it in, according to police.

Police sent a detective to take over the investigation.

Officers say they were able to establish probable cause and arrested Patton, booking her into Jackson County Jail.

Patton’s preliminary hearing is set for March 16 at 4 p.m.

Her bail is set at $10,000 and a judge has ordered Patto

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