Giseleangelique Rene D'Milian, 47, and three others were charged in a scheme to kill mothers and pass off infants as their own

By Jeff Truesdell
March 26, 2015 12:25 PM
Scott Varley/The Daily Breeze/AP

California police have arrested a woman who they say masterminded a plot to kidnap two babies – one of whom later turned up dead – to convince her boyfriend that she was a new mother of twins.

Giseleangelique Rene D’Milian, 47, of Thousand Oaks, California, was charged along with an accomplice in the scheme that also resulted in the shooting and beating of both children’s mothers, police said at a news conference Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“In my notes, I had the word ‘evil’ several times, and my staff told me to take it out, but I can’t summarize it any other way,” Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna said, the Associated Press reports.

“We’ve never seen anything like this, where somebody goes out looking for babies to kidnap and they attempt to kill the mothers,” he said.

Police said D’Milian feigned pregnancy before telling her married boyfriend that she had given birth to his twins last December while overseas.

She learned of 3-week-old Eliza De La Cruz, who was abducted on Jan. 3, by claiming to have a charity organization that assisted mothers of infant children, police allege.

The infant was kidnapped after D’Milian, in a Range Rover, trailed the mother and child as they rode a Long Beach bus. After they got off and walked home, D’Milian pulled up and engaged in a “basic conversation” that gave no hint “something was going to happen,” said Long Beach Police Lt. Lloyd Cox.

But two hours later, an alleged accomplice, Anthony McCall, showed up to the De La Cruz home, where he took the girl after shooting the baby’s parents and uncle, police said.

The infant was found dead the following day in an Imperial Beach Dumpster. Police did not release a cause of death, but linked that incident to an assault Feb. 6 at an El Segundo hotel, where another young mother was beaten with a baseball bat.

According to the Times, a suspect later identified as McCall fled the scene after employees of the hotel knocked on the 23-year-old woman’s hotel room door and she yelled for help.

Inside the room was a 4-month-old boy. Police said D’Milian was an acquaintance of the boy’s mother and knew she had recently given birth.

D’Milian and McCall, 29, of Oceanside, both were arrested Wednesday and are accused of murder, kidnapping, attempted murder and conspiracy.

Two others – Todd Boudreaux, 44, of Fontana, and Charisse Shelton, 30, of Corona – were arrested on suspicion of accessory after the fact, allegedly for covering up the crimes. Shelton is D’Milian’s daughter.

All four are expected to make their first court appearance at an arraignment on Friday, and it was unclear if an attorney for any of them had been named. D’Milian, McCall and Boudreaux are being held without bail, with Shelton on $1 million bail, all in the Long Beach City Jail, police said.

Investigators are continuing to search for other mothers of children 1 to 2 months of age who may have been contacted by D’Milian’s fake charity.

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