Authorities recaptured a woman who was serving time for robbery and walked away from a treatment program for inmate mothers in Pomona, along with her 5-month-old son, on Saturday, officials said.
Christa Ann Marie Ramirez, 28, was believed to have left the Community Prisoner Mother Program, 845 E. Arrow Highway, about 10:30 a.m., the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a written statement.
“She was admitted from Los Angeles County on Aug. 20, 2019, with a 3-year sentence for second-degree robbery,” according the statement. “She arrived at the Community Prisoner Mother Program on Jan. 21, 2020, and was scheduled to be released to parole in December.”
Agents found Ramirez in the company of her boyfriend in Pico Rivera about 5:30 p.m., officials said.
“Ramirez was taken into custody without incident and was transported to California Institution for Women,” an updated CDCR statement said Saturday night. “The case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for their consideration in the issuance of a criminal complaint.
The baby was also found safe and turned over to the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, authorities said.
The CDCR Community Prisoner Mother Program houses 24 beds and provides substance abuse treatment to female offenders designated “non-serious” and “non-violent,” the agency said.
“The participants have sentences of no more than five years,” the CDCR statement said. “Women in the program are pregnant or have two or fewer children under age six living with them at the facility.
“Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended,” the statement added.