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Woman gets 20 years for kidnapping baby from hospital

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A 22-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to kidnapping a days-old baby from the maternity ward of a Lubbock hospital has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Rayshaun Parson had faced up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine before Friday's sentencing.

She walked out of Covenant Lakeside Hospital around 12:30 a.m. March 10 with Mychael Darthard-Dawodu (meh-KEL' DAHR'-thuhd DOW'-uh-do). Prosecutors have said Parson scouted security measures at Covenant and went to another Lubbock maternity ward the day the baby was abducted.

The abduction sparked a manhunt and Amber Alerts in Texas and New Mexico. The baby was found the next day in Clovis, N.M., where Parson lived. Parson has remained in federal custody since her arrest that day.

Parson pleaded not guilty in April but changed her plea to guilty in August.

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