A nine-year old saved his newborn brother from being abducted by a 34-year-old woman at the Mariahilf Hospital in Hamburg on Friday afternoon, reports Die Welt.
“The suspect entered the room of the mother, who was asleep, at the time of the crime, and took the newborn from the bed next to her”, said police spokesperson Ulf Wundrack.
But the mother's nine-year-old son caught the woman in the act and followed her, as she was heading for the hospital exit.
The boy confronted her while she was still inside the hospital building, and she then handed him the child.
When hospital employees noticed the boy with the baby in his arms, he told them what had happened.
"The 34-year-old was stopped and arrested while she was inside the hospital. She seemed mentally unstable and was handed over to the psychiatric emergency unit”, said Wundrack.
The woman's motives are still unclear. However, she was already known to police for other offences.
police investigations are ongoing.