Woman pleads not guilty to abducting granddaughter

June 10, 2011 - 10:00 AM

KNIGHTSEN, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused of snatching her infant granddaughter from her son's Northern California home and taking a cab 350 miles to her home in Los Angeles County has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and burglary charges.

The Contra Costa Times reports that Ericka Gallego also waived her right to a speedy trial during the Thursday hearing.

Authorities say Gallego took a bus and a cab to her son's home in the Contra Costa County community of Knightsen last month and took his 4-month-old daughter, Ramy Amadea Gallego. They say she apparently told friends she was pregnant and had held a baby shower.

Gallego was later arrested in her home in El Monte, where she had taken the baby.

She is due in court again on June 28.

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Information from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com