Mother of kidnapped baby : "I was happy I could hold him again"

LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) -- An eight-day-old baby is safe with his mother after a police say a woman kidnapped the infant Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies said the child was taken when the new mom walked into the CVS store on Highway 78.

Officials said April Hernandez-Del Rio, 31, was waiting in the car with the child and took off when Mariela Hoffens Solorzano went inside the store.

Solorzano said Hernandez-Del Rio is more of an acquaintance than a friend. But the mother said she still trusted her and now, the bond of trust has been broken.

Through a translator, Solorzano talked about her emotions after she was reunited with her newborn son.

"I was happy when I could hold him again. But I told him how sad I was because of what happened," she said.

Solorzano said she went inside the CVS store to get medicine for her child and when she came back outside, Hernandez-Del Rio and the baby were nowhere to be found.

"I don't know what to think of her because it never crossed my mind that she was capable of doing something like this," she said. "She seemed like a nice person."

A Charleston County Sheriff's deputy saw the suspect's car traveling along Von Ohsen Road at about 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

According to the incident report, the deputy recognized the driver as matching the suspect's description and saw a baby inside.

Hernandez-Del Rio was charged with kidnapping and her bond was set at $100,000.

A neighbor said she saw the commotion when deputies stopped Hernandez-Del Rio.

"It's crazy. I don't know what this world is coming to, you know? It's sad that she would kidnap a baby, you know. Especially that young," said Peggy Phillips.

Officers took the baby to Trident Medical Center where doctors examined him and then reunited him with his mother.

"I felt happy, overwhelmed because I was getting back my baby," said Solorzano. "I was thinking so many things at the time."

Solorzano said Hernandez-Del Rio offered to take her to the drug store and said she has no clue what Hernandez-Del Rio's motive could be for driving off with the infant.

An Amber Alert was not issued after the kidnapping because the baby was found before the alert could be activated, said officials with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

Officials said all immediate leads must be exhausted before a statewide alert is issued.

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