PIRATES ROOKIES WIFE ADMITS KIDNAPPING
A woman accused of faking a pregnancy and stealing a baby to fool her baseball player husband into thinking he was the father has pled guilty.
Amalia Tabata-Pereira, 44, pled guilty in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday on charges of kidnapping, interference with custody and impersonating a public officer.
Tabata-Pereira is married to Pittsburgh Pirates rookie outfielder Jose Tabata, 21.
In March 2009, Tabata-Pereira posed as an immigration official and threatened a migrant worker and her boyfriend with deportation if they didn’t give their baby girl to Pereira, prosecutors say. The mother complied, then contacted police six hours later to report a kidnapping.