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Woman Accused of Fleeing Hospital Appears in Court
ANCHORAGE--- The woman who prompted an Amber Alert after fleeing from an Anchorage hospital with her 3-day-old son appeared in court, Thursday.
30-year-old Monica Vasquez is accused of abducting her newborn son from the Alaska Native Medical Center maternity ward. She left, Wednesday, against the hospital staff's wishes.
Vasquez admitted to using methamphetamine and alcohol prior to giving birth to her son, Max Galo. Officials claim child services attempted to assess the child's welfare after he showed possible withdrawal symptoms, and hospital staff expressed concern over Vasquez's demeanor.
Vasquez appeared in Anchorage Jail Court, Thursday, facing misdemeanor charges of criminal non-support. Her bail was set at $1,000 plus third party custodian.
The newborn's father, 32-year-old Taimoto Galo Jr., is also facing criminal non-support in connecting with the abduction. According to APD, Galo is scheduled to be arraigned, Friday.
Galo appeared in a different court, Thursday, for a pre-indictment on unrelated matters. Galo faces felony vehicle theft charges, according to court records.