Queens Mother Arrested After Allegedly Snatching Her Baby From Foster Care

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Queens woman accused of snatching her baby from the child’s foster mother is set to face a judge Thursday morning.

Police say Leila Rajnarie was arrested and charged with kidnapping, custodial interference and endangering the welfare of a child.

The 40-year-old mother was at the center of a statewide AMBER Alert Wednesday after she and her 8-month-old baby girl, Nevita Jagdeo, disappeared from the Queens General Hospital Pediatric Center.

Rajnarie does not have custody of her daughter and was at the hospital with the girl’s foster mother for the baby’s routine checkup.

Police say when the foster mother and doctor were in another room, Rajnarie grabbed the baby and ran.

“I just saw a mother was holding a baby, she was running,” one witness described.

Neighbors say Rajnarie appeared to be a good mother, but say it was clear she had fallen on tough times, frequently asking for money and telling people she was fighting the child’s father for custody.

“Maybe she’s depressed. Sometime’s when people are depressed, they don’t know what they doing,” said neighbor Nery Paradis.

After an intense, day-long search, police spotted Rajnarie and the baby in the back of a livery cab just a few miles from her Woodhaven home.

She was arrested and the baby was taken to a hospital to be checked out.

The investigation is ongoing.

Please share your thoughts below…

  • Vqlerie

    to many local family independent agencys are treading where they should not go, and ignoreing the cases they should ride into the ground..what a shame to interfear with this young woman and her child..

    • JJ

      You are right it is a shame. BTW the woman is 40 so she is not very young!

  • JJ

    Of course we don’t know all (or even a fraction) of the facts here but I agree that if someone took my baby away I would do ANYTHING to get him/her back.


    People need to know queens family court is getting way out of hand…maybe this was another child raped ..or whose skull and collarbone was broken in fostercare—yes Stephen Allen Jr. was kidnapped by ACS/placed with Mercy first fostercare were they raped him broke his skull and collar bone…..and billed the mothers’s private insurance …when the parents stated to inquire about the brutallity to sTEPHE allen JR. MERCY FIRST FOSTER CARE trying to sale this child at adoption….. DONE TO IMMIGRANTS…

  • Peter Schwarz

    They took away her child, that she carried around inside her for 9 months. Can you blame her?

    • JJ

      Obviously this woman is a good mom or she wouldn’t bother going to doctors appointments, etc. This is a testimony of her love for the child. Don’t blame her a bit. I would do the same thing.

  • NYC

    I don’t see why her baby was removed. Being poor and talking about the father are hardly a justification. It might have been irrational for her to do this, but mothers have done crazier things to be reunited with their children.

  • Bullett

    Some what of a happy ending? Glad the baby is okay, as for the mother, she is in need of psycho evaluation.

    • JJ

      You are obviously not a mother…

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