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POMONA — Special agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Office of Correctional Safety apprehended Christa Ann Marie Ramirez who had walked away from the Community Prisoner Mother Program in Pomona with her five-month-old son this morning.
Based on intelligence received, special agents located Ramirez with her boyfriend in Pico Rivera shortly after 5:30 p.m. on April 11. Ramirez was taken into custody without incident and was transported to California Institution for Women. The case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for their consideration in the issuance of a criminal complaint.
Ramirez’s baby was also located and is safe. The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services determined the boy will stay with relatives.
Ramirez, 28, was admitted from Los Angeles County on Aug. 20, 2019, with a three-year sentence for second-degree robbery. She arrived at the Community Prisoner Mother Program on Jan. 21, 2020, and was scheduled to be released to parole in December.
CDCR’s Community Prisoner Mother Program is a 24-bed community-based facility in Pomona that provides substance abuse treatment, parenting classes and other services for non-serious, non-violent female offenders. The participants have sentences of no more than five years. 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.