Stealing babies

United States
March 12, 2007 7:31pm CST
I was reading an article in the paper today that was very shocking. A woman dressed herself up as a hospitol worker, and stole a newborn baby. She put the baby inside her purse, and left the hospitol. She was caught about a hundred miles from where it happened, and the baby was returned to the parents safe and unharmed. I think that its so sad that women that can't have kids are going to these measures just to get a baby. I mean, why steal a baby!! I know that many people don't have the funds for adoption, but what she did was just awful! I could never imagine the pain those parents felt when they found that their baby had been kidnapped. What are your thoughts on this? How would you feel if this had happened to you? I think that I probably would have gone nuts. I know one thing for sure, I would prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.
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17 responses
• United States
13 Mar 07
I live here in Texas a few hours from where that happened. For one thing, no one ever does any tests on babies at 1:30 AM!!! The parents should have been suspicious. The poor baby was jaundice and need medical care. If this happened to me I would be devastated, and would hate myself. And why didn't any other nurses see this??? Obviously they were doing their jobs correctly!
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• United States
13 Mar 07
Thats true. I couldn't believe that she got away with it. The article I read didn't say anything about the jaundice. I will have to let my fiance know about that. He was just as shocked about that as I was when I read it. That is just awful.
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@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
13 Mar 07
I have heard a few story's of women kidnapping babies it is horrible usually it is because they either can't have one of their own and so despretly want one or because they have lost there's through miscaraige or still birth etc. These women need some serious help. If that happened to me I would have lost the plot and would have not only taken it out on the lady but the hospital for not being secure enough to prevent this from happening...
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• United States
13 Mar 07
Thank you for responding. I think that while she is sitting behind bars, they need to enroll her in a program to get her some help. What she did was insane, cruel, and disgusting. I really don't think that there are enough words to explain how deranged she is. I'm not trying to offend anybody, thats just how I feel. I could never imagine the pain she put those parents through. Once again, thanks for the response.
• United States
13 Mar 07
Thank you for responding. I think that while she is sitting behind bars, they need to enroll her in a program to get her some help. What she did was insane, cruel, and disgusting. I really don't think that there are enough words to explain how deranged she is. I'm not trying to offend anybody, thats just how I feel. I could never imagine the pain she put those parents through. Once again, thanks for the response.
@jhartana (1087)
• Australia
13 Mar 07
I am sad to hear this happening and that was not the first time I heard of this case. Back in my home country there are many cases about this, most of them were caught. I think that the hospital security will need to be boosted up, and every hospital employee has to have employee access card (with employee photo, employee name and employee number, and which department they belong to) to the hospital and set them to certain level of access accordingly. If this happened to me I will sue not only the convicted person but also sue the hospital for the lack of security. There will be no mercy from me if this happens.
• United States
13 Mar 07
Thank you for responding. The security should be increased. You have a very good point. The hospital needs make sure that all employees are properly identified, and they need to increase the amount of security.
@jhartana (1087)
• Australia
14 Mar 07
I know it would cost them a lot, but this measurement is better to be applied rather than being sued for millions of dollars. Prevention is better than being regretted for not doing it.
• Canada
13 Mar 07
It seems to be no matter how hard hospitals try to prevent this there is always a few every year. People who do this should be charged to the fullest extent they can be.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
Yes they should. I think that they need to improve security as well. Thank you for responding.
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• Canada
13 Mar 07
They should improve security but also leave the new born closer to the mother tooso that it is always in the room and have protocals if the baby is to be removed from mothers care.
@plantit1 (298)
• United States
13 Mar 07
The woman that commited that crime is apparently very mentally ill to have done something so extreme. Yes I would be very upset if that happened to me. Anyone would I suppose.
• United States
13 Mar 07
Thank you for your response.
• United States
13 Mar 07
Yeah, that happened very close to where I live. And I hear that it's not the first time that's happened in that town. It's pretty sad, and all we can do is hope she gets one hell of a sentence.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
If it has happened in that same place before, they really need to boost the security. No parent should ever have to endure the pain of their child being kidnapped. Thank you for responding.
@tboner23 (121)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I know that if my baby was stolen i would go freaking crazy. How do you even get away with that nowadays. It is ridiculous that someone could actually do that. I would think that there is something wrong with that person who stole the baby because there are so many other ways that you can have a baby now that there is no reason as to why you would need to STEAL a baby. Dumb move by her.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
It was a very dumb move. Oh well. She chose to committ the crime, she will do the time. Thank you for responding.
• United States
13 Mar 07
I can't stand when I hear stories like this on the news. It's just so sick how some people treat others and do things to others. I hate to think of myself, or worse yet, my son(3) in some of these circumstances. It would be an absolute nightmare!
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• United States
13 Mar 07
Thank you for responding. When I hear stories like that, it makes me not even want to watch the news, or read the papers. It makes me sick to my stomach.
@vgolden (89)
• United States
13 Mar 07
It is terrible to hear this once again. I thought it was only in TV stories but it does happen now. To me the security systems in hospitals should be fortified. When a baby is going out of the hospital, a certain ID should be asked at least. Furthermore, nurses should be requested to present their ID whenever they approach a baby. It is lucky to find the baby though in the news. I guess the surveillance cameras are very helpful to chase the baby back.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
Thank you for responding to my discussion. The ID would be a very good idea. They really should consider that.
@magikrose (5425)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I ont understand some of the people today. I understand not being able to have a baby and really wanting one but to stoop so low as to steel one out of the hospital is quite crazy. That is almostas bad as having your baby switched with another at birth.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
Thank you for your response. Both stealing a baby and being switched at birth are very terrible crimes. I really don't understand people that get pleasure out of making others' lives miserable.
• United States
13 Mar 07
That is so stupid. Why would anyone want to steal a baby when they can make their own or adopt one? Another thing, if you cannot have children or adopt children, then that means you were not meant to have children. That should tell you something right there. Some people can have children and should have children, others cannot have children and should not have children. It is a law of nature. Also, when a child, think of how the mother of that baby feels. You are stealing her baby. Children belong to their natural parents unless the law says that the natural parents are unfit to take care of those children.
• United States
13 Mar 07
Thank you for responding to my discussion. YOu make a very good point.
@pacwmn (79)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I have a baby myself and if he ever went missing, I would completely fall apart. That little boy is my world. All I can say is that this woman will have a lot to pay for, in this life, and the next!
• United States
13 Mar 07
Thank you for responding to my discussion. There is no bond stronger than that of a parent and child. My world would have been shattered.
@AndiCat (326)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I would be horrified to find my baby had been stolen right out of the hospital. Apparently, the suspect was pretty well-versed in the runnings of the hospital, being that she knew how to remove the ID bracelet from the baby. I agree with you - she should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
• United States
13 Mar 07
Thank you for responding to my discussion. I think that they need to improve security, or consider some staff changes. I hope that she receives the maximum punishment available for that crime.
• Malaysia
13 Mar 07
one case in my country is even worse - it was the nurse herself who stole the baby. i don't really follow up on the case but i have read somewhere that she's doing it because she had had a miscarriage before. you're right, for whatever reason, why steal a baby? i think there should be honor in doing crime - you can steal anything but leave out a baby. maybe the idea of setting up a baby bank at the hospital is a good idea after all. since there a many cases of abortion, why not give the baby to somebody who really want it?
• United States
13 Mar 07
Thank you for responding. I think that people who go to that extent are in need of some serious help.
@palpalsky (900)
• United States
14 Mar 07
well sick mind just can do anything .. well stealing baby ..how can somebody thinks on this line ....well i know i would be just broken if such kind of things happen to me
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• United States
13 Mar 07
that is horrible, I feel really sorry for the women too though...if she is that desperate she must really be suffering. Of course her pain does not justify her actions.
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@Frini85 (66)
• Portugal
13 Mar 07
Ca em portugal ha bue merda dessa
• United States
13 Mar 07
Im sorry, but I do not understand. Thank you anyways.