Woman charged with attempted kidnapping of toddler

WHITE PLAINS – A Westchester County grand jury indicted a Yonkers woman on a charge of attempted kidnapping for allegedly entering the emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers and taking a stroller with another person’s child inside and fleeing the building. A hospital security guard chased Laysha Machado, 28, outside the hospital and held her until Yonkers Police arrived.


Machado was also charged in connection with the February 15 incident with unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child.

The two-year-old child was safety returned to its mother.

Machado is in the Westchester County Jail pending a future court appearance.

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