Brandy Badillo: It’s doubtful she’ll be consulted by criminologists on the finer points of kidnapping
Brandy Marrie Badillo of The Dalles, Oregon badly wanted a baby. So she dressed in maternity clothes, had a baby showered, prepared a nursery and took days off from work, presumably for morning sickness.
Yet Badillo wasn’t content to have one the old-fashioned way. Like, say, finding a man, settling down, and engaging in reproduction. No, she decided it would be easier to simply kidnap an existing one, since it would alleviate nine months of discomfort and prevent the advent of embarrassing stretch marks. And who do you call when you want to abduct a small child? The police, quite naturally.
So she unknowingly hired undercover cops to kidnap the child of a family friend. She apparently didn’t think through how the friend would suddenly notice her baby was missing. Or how Badillo had mysteriously given birth to the exact same child. But it’s safe to say our assailant isn’t a detail person. Badillo gave the cops cash and guns and told them where to grab the preferred child. That’s when they grabbed her on a slew of kidnapping charges.