Mother reunited with baby girl after she was stolen from their home

OKLAHOMA - Being a mother is something new to 18-year-old Monica Juarez but, after just a week, she was settling into it.

"It's just happiness," she said - a feeling snatched away from her Tuesday afternoon, when a family friend stopped by to help out with chores.

Juarez said Betsy Fernandez seemed more interested in her newborn, Savina.

"She would keep telling me 'Could I hold her?'" Juarez said.

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Juarez said she was back and forth in different parts of the house and noticed Fernandez had picked up the baby.

"She was asking 'You should let me have her. I would take care of her, like she was mine.' I thought she was just playing with me, but I guess she wasn't," Juarez said.

When Juarez went to the back of the house, Fernandez and the baby disappeared.

Juarez ran through the house, the backyard, even a park, calling for them.

"I was going crazy crying. We didn't know where to look, because she lived in a shelter," Juarez said.

Her family called police.

Three terrifying hours later, the two were found at a school.

According to reports, Fernandez told police "the baby shouldn't be with Monica" and "she lives in a drug house."

"I think that is just her excuse of taking her. I don't know. Or, she just wants a baby," Juarez said.

Fernandez was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County jail on one charge of child stealing.

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