A hospital worker has been arrested for abducting a teenager’s newborn baby from the maternity ward.
The baby was taken from its crib at the IMSS Hospital in the city of Tapachula in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas at around 1.30pm on 19th April.
The local authorities have revealed that the suspect was an administrative worker at the institute who started in February, allegedly with the aim of taking a baby from the maternity ward.
The baby’s mother, named as Karla Guadalupe ‘N’, 19, realised her newborn, identified as ‘N’ Perez Gomez, was missing around two hours later and immediately informed the hospital’s management team.
Eyewitnesses said they saw the suspect leaving the hospital with the baby before getting into a taxi.
The baby was soon found safe and sound in the neighbourhood of Raymundo Enriquez by the police.
The police then returned the abducted infant to the worried parents in hospital.
Images show a female officer cradling the baby while walking through the hospital and handing the tot over to the worried parents before the mum plants a kiss on her child’s face.
The State Attorney General’s Office, in cooperation with Citizen Protection and Secretariat of Public Security, launched an investigation and quickly detained a lead suspect.
The alleged abductor of the newborn has been named as Rosalia Vianney ‘N’.
The authorities said the suspect had started work at the hospital as an office assistant in February and possibly waited until the right time to attempt to steal a newborn.
The investigation is ongoing.