In his guilty plea, Michael Hudson, 51, acknowledged he committed a hate crime when he tried to take the baby, who is white, from the nanny, who is Hispanic.
Hudson told the woman she “can’t have the baby,” and he scratched the nanny’s arms as she fought him off. She screamed and another woman nearby yelled she would call the police. Hudson then fled.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Peter Deddeh set sentencing for May 5. Hudson remains in the George Bailey Detention Facility without bail.
Deputy District Attorney Leonard Trinh said the maximum sentence Hudson faces is six years in prison. Charges of attempted kidnapping and resisting arrest were dropped.
Trinh said the hate crime was charged because Hudson tried to kidnap the baby because of the victim’s race. The charge says Hudson intimidated the nanny and interfered with her civil rights.
Hudson ran towards the ocean where San Diego Police officers saw him swimming in the water along a rocky area near La Jolla Cove. Officers called out lifeguards for assistance in detaining the man.
After three hours, a shivering Hudson came out of the water and he was arrested. Police had waited him out, considering the water’s temperature.
His attorney sought last October to determine if his client was mentally competent but a judge ruled he was mentally competent to understand court proceedings.