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Newborn baby stolen from Frankfurt hospital

The Local · 9 Dec 2010, 16:30

Published: 09 Dec 2010 16:30 GMT+01:00

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The abductors took the baby and carried her away in a pram about 12:30 pm, just six hours after the mother gave birth about 6:30 am, a police spokesman said.

Police had launched a wide search for the women, even using a helicopter in their hunt.

One of the women was said to have gone into the new mother’s hospital room pretending to be a nurse. On the pretence of taking a photo of the baby girl, she had left the room with the infant, daily Bild reported.

She was described as wearing jeans, aged about 30 and about 170 cm in height, police said. She appeared to be of foreign descent, the spokesman added. She wore a white top and a white headscarf.

The second woman, who was waiting outside the room with a pram, is described as being about 25, very overweight, approximately 1.65 metres tall and blonde-haired.

She wore light-coloured jeans, a light-coloured pullover and a dark brown jacket.

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The infant wore a polka-dotted romper suit. The mother was being treated for shock in the women’s ward of the hospital in Frankfurt’s Höchst district.

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17:15 December 9, 2010 by DinhoPilot
Till when will they allow random people to enter or leave German hospitals! I was so suprised to see how can a anyone acess a hospital room. People wake up!
17:51 December 9, 2010 by Joshontour
My son was born in Florida, my daughter here in Germany. I was surprised at the complete lack of security in the hospital here. In Florida, the door to the maternity ward was watched over by camera, when someone rang the door the nurse would ring the patient and ask if they were expecting the visitor, then the visitor would have to check in with the nurses station after coming into maternity. At the end of the visit, the visitor was walked out of maternity by a nurse. Here, the doors were wide open and people could come and go as they pleased. This mom just went through 40 weeks of pregnancy and who knows how many hours of labour just to have her baby taken due to lack of security. So eine Schande!
17:55 December 9, 2010 by mixxim
Look at Nativity plays to explain how a woman who was not visited by a man, suddenly gets a child.
18:04 December 9, 2010 by Gretl
My experience is like KathiK's when not in a military hospital. Swedish Hospital in Seattle used a special anklet that the baby wore. You had to be careful when walking the maternity floor not to get too close to the elevators or it would set off the alarm. They also had cameras and the parents wore hospital bracelets that match the baby's, just to deter theft.

I hope the recover the baby and she is reunited with her mother.
18:15 December 9, 2010 by Prufrock2010
There should be a death penalty to deal with such an unthinkable crime. And everyone on the hospital staff even remotely responsible for this breach in security should be fired immediately.
18:47 December 9, 2010 by mobiusro
My heart goes out to the parents. Sadly, I do not think that there are many chances of finding the baby :(.
19:27 December 9, 2010 by catjones
Prufrock2010...what about their pensions?
20:28 December 9, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Their pensions should be forfeited and awarded to the parents of the kidnapped baby. I do, however, appreciate the facetiousness of your question.
23:28 December 9, 2010 by ngwanem
@john g.: cinzia probably means arm the baby's mum with a glock pistol, so that she can shoot at potential kidnappers, as they attempt to steal her baby...

the world is really going crazy, especially when crazy people have crazy solutions to crazy problems!
05:21 December 10, 2010 by rfwilson

"There should be a death penalty to deal with such an unthinkable crime."

That's a bit redneck, don't ya think? Anyway, no chance of that, since the US is the only first world country left that still has the death penalty.
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