Isabel Diaz-Castillo was sentenced Monday to three years in prison and deportation in accordance with a plea agreement for a kidnapping that triggered an AMBER Alert last February in Minneapolis.
Diaz-Castillo, 30, became friends with the mother of the 8-month-boy she abducted after the two met at a laundromat about a month earlier. According to the charges, Diaz-Castillo had taken "an extreme interest" in the boy.
At Monday's sentencing, the defense said Diaz-Castillo has had a rough life and has suffered through a number of emotional issues.
"I would like to tell the people that it is a very ugly feeling to have a child taken away from you," the boy's mother, Victoria Orozco, said in a statement. "You don't know what happened or where your child could be, if he is okay, if he was eating, crying or what was she going to do to him. I just hope that Isabel knows that she has left a scary feeling and me not really trusting anybody no more."
Orozco told police she had left her son in a car seat on the couch in her south Minneapolis apartment while she took a shower. When she came back out into the living room, her baby was missing.
Diaz-Castillo brought Carlos Orozco to the basement of a relative's home. When police made entry, Diaz-Castillo screamed "That's my baby!" and wouldn't let him go.