“Baby Snatcher” is a movie based on the true story of Rachael Ann White and kidnapper Maritza Beato aka Maritza Rentz. The movie debuted on CBS in 1992 as a made for tv movie of the week. The names were changed to Bianca Hudson and Karen Williams. It stars Nancy Mckeon and Veronica Hamel.
“Baby Snatcher” is about a mother who frantically pursues the woman who stole her infant after applying for a babysitting job.
Traciy Curry-Reyes of the Movies Based On True Stories Database, was the first to expose the real story that inspired the movie. According to Reyes, the true story made headlines in 1988 when a woman abducted an infant from a private residence after applying for a babysitter’s position. The police identified the woman as Maritza Rentz. Police say, Rentz had arrived at the residence and applied for a babysitting job but snatched the infant when she had the opportunity.
According to the grandmother, the woman stole the baby after she had to leave the room momentarily. When the grandmother returned, she noticed the woman whisking the baby away. Police identified the infant as Rachael Ann White.
Cora Abbott, the infant’s mother, appeared on television pleading for her baby’s return. Martiza Rentz was finally arrested after neighbors called police when they observed Rentz with a new baby. Police found the baby in the crib unharmed. Rachael Ann White was returned to her mother, according to The Pittsburgh Press.
Her husband, Paul Rentz, had no idea that his wife had faked the pregnancy and had kidnapped a baby.
In court, Maritza Rentz plead guilty “by reason of impaired mental condition.” She was hospitalized in a mental ward for one year. When she was released, she moved out of the state and changed her identity to Maritza Beato. She became a well-known journalist and crime fighter in the Cuban-American community in Miami, according to Traciy Curry-Reyes.
She died under mysterious circumstances in Mexico. She died without anyone finding out her true identity.