A woman posing as a medical worker kidnapped a three-day-old infant from a hospital early Saturday, police said.
Mychael Darthard was last seen at 1:20 a.m. at Covenant Lakeside Hospital when a woman wearing blue and flower-print hospital scrubs and a gray hooded jacket took her and drove off in a pickup truck, police said.
Hospital surveillance video showed the woman with the jacket hood pulled around her head and holding a purse as she walked through the lobby.
Lt. Scott Hudgens said the baby was jaundiced but he did not have any other information on her medical condition.
The woman may have had a male accomplice, Hudgens said.
“At this point we don’t have any reason to believe that the family knew the suspect,” Hudgens said.
The suspect had gone into the mother’s room several times before the baby was taken, telling the mother the baby needed treatment, said Gwen Stafford, senior vice president of Covenant Health System.
“I think there was more than one attempt,” Stafford said. “I’m trying to verify if it was two or three times.”
The newborn was wearing a monitoring device but it was not clear if the device included a global positioning system beacon.
Stafford said the hospital has “a very good and sophisticated security” system.
The mother is “distraught, and like us, praying for the safe return of her little girl,”
While this all seems so crazy…the good news in – babies who have been abducted are usually found and returned to the birth parents within 5 days. The abductor’s family will usually notify the police when the news of the abduction goes national and they think something isn’t right.
From 1983 to 2002, there were 217 reported cases of nonfamily infant abductions nationwide, and all but a few babies were recovered safely within 25 miles of where they had been taken, according to a 2003 study by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. About three-quarters of the kidnapped infants were recovered in less than five days.
With all that being said, I cannot imagine what this mom is going through. We hope that someone has the guts to turn this crazy lady in.