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Baby snatcher wanted to raise newborn

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Baby snatcher wanted to raise newborn
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08:01 CET+01:00
A newborn abducted from a Frankfurt hospital has been found and returned to her mother. The woman responsible wanted to raise it as her own after suffering a miscarriage.

The police said on Friday the 28-year-old had a miscarriage last year after being artificially inseminated. The woman is in a lesbian relationship and had pretended to still be pregnant to her partner, who was apparently stunned after finding out about the abduction.

The infant was just six-hours-old when she was taken from the maternity ward of the hospital in Frankfurt's Höchst district around 12:45 pm on Thursday.

Police launched a massive search, even using a helicopter for their hunt, but it was a tip called in by an acquaintance of the baby snatcher that brought them to the infant in the neighbouring city of Hattersheim, they said.

There they found the lesbian couple with a baby whose origin for which they could make “no believable claims,” a police spokesperson said.

The authorities then called a nurse and a midwife from the hospital and confirmed that the baby belonged to a 20-year-old Lebanese woman from Hofheim.

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.

A second woman was waiting by the door, but it remains unclear whether she was an accomplice or a witness, police said. Both were dressed in jeans and white tops, and were mistaken for nurses by the child's mother.

The mother was treated for shock in the women's ward of the hospital following the abduction, but she has since been happily reunited with her new daughter named Zinat.

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