Woman charged with stealing woman’s toddler from hospital

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WHITE PLAINS – A Yonkers woman was sentenced to one to three years in state prison for taking a toddler from its mother at a Yonkers hospital in February 2019.

Laysha Machado, 29, pled guilty in December to one count of unlawful imprisonment.

Laysha Machado

On February 15, 2019, she entered the emergency room of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers where she took a stroller with another person’s child inside and fled the building.

A hospital security guard chased her outside and held her until Yonkers Police arrived. She was arrested at the scene.

The two-year-old child was returned to its mother without injury.