Infant abducted at Pittsburgh hospital found, suspect arrested

Friday, August 24, 2012 - 11:00am

A three day old baby abducted from a Pittsburgh hospital has been reunited with his mother, and a suspect is in custody, authorities said.

Pittsburgh police recovered the baby hours after a female suspect in black scrubs and pink shoes was caught on surveillance Thursday afternoon at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

The family was preparing to be discharged when the abduction happened, said Wendy Zellner, a hospital spokeswoman.

A few hours later, Breona Moore, 19, was arrested and will be charged with one count of kidnapping, Pittsburgh police said in a statement.

Police took Moore into custody after her relative tipped them off to a Facebook post where she claimed she had a baby Monday. The anonymous tip led police to a downtown building, where they arrested her and found the baby.

As she was transported from the squad car to the police headquarters, Moore yelled, "Guess what mom? It's all your fault!" CNN affiliate WPXI filmed her shouting. "I'm telling you, it wasn't just me!"

Moore's final comment to reporters before police removed her was, "It's a lot when you lose a child."

Physicians examined the infant and found him to be in good health, hospital officials said.

"We'd like to thank the police, the FBI and our staff for their great and rapid work to bring this incident to a successful conclusion," hospital President Leslie Davis said in a statement. "We will be reviewing this event to see what improvements could be made in our security procedures."

On discovering the baby's disappearance, hospital employees immediately notified police and implemented security procedures, according to Zellner.

The suspect had bought hospital scrubs at a uniform store that morning and provided a fake name, police said.

Baby abductions by nonfamily members at hospitals are rare. Before Thursday, there had been 131 cases since 1983, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Of those, 126 infants were found.

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CNN's Elwyn Lopez and Jack Maddox contributed to this report.
 

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