EL MONTE – A 9-month-old boy and his mother were reunited Sunday after their housemate allegedly abducted him and threatened his mother with deportation if she tried to get him back. Police arrested Artemia Hernandez, 44, on suspicion of kidnapping and child concealment. If convicted, she faces life in prison, authorities said. Hernandez and Veronica De Los Reyes, 20, a Mexican national, shared a home in La Puente when De Los Reyes was pregnant with her son Allen, officials said. Hernandez convinced De Los Reyes that because she was not a U.S. citizen, it would be better to list Hernandez as the child’s mother, detectives said. “She began visiting the baby but wasn’t able to take him from the house,” he said. Batres said personnel from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services helped detectives locate the baby in the day care facility in the 12200 block of Ferris Road. They reunited him with his mother Sunday morning. “We know a lot of people are here illegally,” Batres said. “But when they have a baby here in the U.S., the baby has rights. We are here to help people, not to turn them away.” He added De Los Reyes is not facing deportation. Batres said the child’s father had left De Los Reyes upon finding out that she was pregnant. He said he did not know if Hernandez has children of her own, but said she is a divorcee. There were no signs the child had been abused while separated from his mother, Batres said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2393160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Allen was born at Citrus Valley Medical Center – Queen of the Valley Campus in West Covina and was given Hernandez’s surname, said El Monte police Detective Ralph Batres. About two weeks later, the suspect allegedly began hiding him from his mother. Hernandez moved to several cities, including Baldwin Park, El Monte and South El Monte, in an effort to keep De Los Reyes away from her child, Batres said. “When \ wanted the baby back, Hernandez started threatening her, saying she’d call INS and have her deported,” Batres said. He said De Los Reyes learned the suspect was taking the baby to a day care facility in El Monte.