Health worker found with stolen baby
The woman in whose possession a stolen day-old baby was found yesterday is claiming to be a health care worker.
Police yesterday recovered the baby at a private medical facility in Rollington Town, east Kingston, just after 5 p.m., bringing to an end a seven and a half hours of anxiety for Milton Maxwell and his wife.
Rollington Town is located some 10 kilometers or 20 minutes by car from the hospital.
It was unclear, up to press time last night, whether the health care worker had gone to the private facility to get medical care for the newborn.
The police last night said the focus of the investigations is on the child after which their attention will be turned to the woman in whose possession the baby has been found.
The Maxwells, who are Indian nationals who work at the UHWI as nurses, welcomed their second child, Baby Danisha, on Thursday at 10:42 p.m. However, infant was discovered missing about 10:30 a.m. yesterday.
The child's mother had gone to bed earlier in the morning, leaving the baby in the cot, and when she woke up the child was gone.
"Everybody on the ward in the mornings and the baby disappear and nobody see,” the distraught father told THE STAR.
The infant was reported missing about 10:30 a.m. yesterday, outside of visiting hours, which begin at 11 a.m.
Maxwell told THE STAR that he has been working at the hospital since 2008 and his wife since 2006.
Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of communication arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, told THE STAR that thorough investigation led to the recovery of the child.
“We have a wide network, a good intelligence network... They followed some leads, which took them to a location in Rollington Town. They were satisfied with the information they had and found the woman with the baby in her possession…We don’t know yet if she has any connection with the hospital,” Lindsay said.
Following the incident, the board of the UHWI announced a review of security arrangements at the hospital.
Effectively immediately, all visitors to the hospital must provide valid identification before they can gain access to the wards or any other sensitive areas.
The hospital said it will accept driver's licence, national I.D. or a passport.