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Tabata's wife pleads guilty

TAMPA, Fla. -- A woman accused of faking a pregnancy and stealing a baby to fool her husband, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata, into thinking he was the father has pleaded guilty.

Amalia Tabata-Pereira, 44, pleaded guilty in Hillsborough Circuit Court on Wednesday on charges of kidnapping, interference with custody and impersonating a public officer.

In March 2009, Tabata-Pereira posed as an immigration official and threatened a migrant worker and her boyfriend with deportation if they didn't give their baby girl to Pereira, prosecutors said.

The mother complied, then contacted police six hours later to report a kidnapping.

Tabata-Pereira will be sentenced Sept. 30.

A Pirates spokesman says Tabata has long avoided contact with his estranged wife and he continues to work with his lawyers to complete their pending divorce.