Woman charged in Wheat Ridge kidnapping case

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WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — A mother has been charged after two children were taken this week that prompted an Amber Alert, the Wheat Ridge Police Department said Friday.

Norma Jean Ortiz did not have custody of the 6-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl when she took the children from outside a medical office building on the campus of Lutheran Medical Center on Wednesday.

An Amber Alert for the children was issued by the Colorado Bureau of Investigations at 5:41 p.m.

A description of Ortiz’s car and license plate was released. With help from the public, the vehicle was located with the two children inside by a driver on Interstate 76.

The children were returned unharmed to Jefferson County Social Services.

Ortiz was taken into custody and has been charged with two counts of second-degree kidnapping, four counts of violation of custody order, harassment and two counts of reckless endangerment.

Ortiz is being held at the Jefferson County Jail.