Security personnel and other staff members at the Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center in California recently apprehended a woman trying to smuggle a newborn girl out of the facility, according to a report by ABC News.
Suspect Grisel Ramirez, 48, asked an expectant mother a number of questions last week, which alarmed the woman who then alerted security guards. Hospital officials then sent a warning to other facilities in the area of the described suspect, ABC News noted.
On August 8, Ramirez came back to Garden Grove Hospital mimicking a nurse by wearing scrubs and wielding a visitor's pass that allowed her into the maternity ward, the news source reported. She then told a new mother to take a shower and, while the woman was bathing, tried to smuggle her newborn daughter out of the hospital in a purple tie-dyed tote bag. Fortunately, the infant was wearing a bracelet that triggered the hospital's security system, warning security guards and alerting staff members, who then confronted the suspected abductor before she could leave the facility.
"The female accused of abducting a child is separating from her husband," Garden Grove Police lieutenant Jeff Nightengale said, according to ABC News. "She had told him she's pregnant, and therefore tried to steal a Hispanic baby."
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that approximately 800,000 children go missing every year due abductions and kidnapping. By implementing advanced integrated security systems, hospitals and other facilities may be able to reduce the number of incidents that happen on their grounds, making the buildings safer for new parents and young children.