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Brandon Cuellar update: Suspect Yesenia Ramirez, who kidnapped San Jose baby, has been deported to El Salvador three times, DHS says

SAN JOSE, California – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has ordered an arrest against one of the suspects accused of kidnapping three-month-old Brandon Cuellar in the San Francisco Bay Area last week.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, Yesenia Ramirez has been deported to El Salvador three times — once in 2018 and twice in 2019. She is currently being held without bail in the Santa Clara County Jail.

VIDEO: Baby Brandon’s mother opens up about being kidnapped and reuniting with 3-month-old son

California is a sheltered state, which means police are prohibited from asking people about their immigration status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities. Prison officials are only allowed to turn inmates over to federal immigration authorities if they have been convicted of specific felonies.

Ramirez, 42, is said to have become friends with 3-month-old Cuellar’s grandmother at church and then she became “obsessed” with the boy, according to the family.

Last week, Ramirez and 28-year-old Jose Roman Portillo allegedly worked together to kidnap the baby while the grandmother was unloading groceries at her San Jose home.

Cuellar was reported missing on Monday and was found just over six miles from his home 20 hours later.

Ramirez and Portillo face kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, child abduction and home invasion charges, Sgt. Christian Camarillo announced in a news conference Wednesday morning. He said those fees are subject to change.

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Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen told reporters that most of the child abduction cases his office handles stem from custody battles between parents.

“Not this one,” he said. “It’s more unusual and scarier.”

The prosecutor said a search warrant served on Ramirez’s home found items such as baby food and diapers.

Still, he said his office doesn’t share the motive behind what happened.

“The ‘why’ isn’t something we’re going to discuss,” he said. “The ‘why’ in this case will come out at a preliminary hearing, we are presenting our evidence to arrest the suspects and have a trial.”

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