Mum wakes up to discover her baby is missing from the hospital

Mum wakes up to discover her baby is missing from the hospital

After waking up in her baby's hospital room, she became terrified when she discovered that her infant daughter was missing.

Mother Lory Beth Snyder took her daughter, Lorelai to the hospital so that she could be treated for breathing problems. However, her worry about her baby's health suddenly turned into terror as after waking up in her daughter's hospital room, she discovered that Lorelai was missing.

"During our stay there, my baby girl was abducted"

In a Facebook post, Lory Beth writes, "The most terrifying thing happened to my family two days ago. As many of you know Lorelai had been admitted to NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro, during our stay there my baby girl was abducted."

"Neither of us had slept in quite a while, with all the chaos of a hospital, exams, blood work and other testing to find out what was wrong with her. So when I finally got her to rest, I myself laid down as well," she explains.

When she woke up, that's when she realized that her daughter was missing. She frantically searched for her daughter and found that she was being held by another patient, named Ms. Harris, all the while a group of nurses were playing with her daughter.

She then recounts her terrifying experience:

"I proceed to take Lorelai out of her arms. Even though she persisted that I return to my room, without Lorelai, she stated repeatedly that I needed to just go rest. I told her, no that I was fine and I would be taking my daughter back now.

I removed Lorelai from her arms, and the nurses who had been standing around gathered up her things, because along with taking Lorelai she also took my diaper bag (which had been emptied around her room), IV pole, and crib Lorelai was in sleeping in."

She then goes on to add that when she returned to her room with Lorelai, Ms. Harris as well as three nurses followed them to the room, insisting that her daughter wasn't in any danger and that they "meant no harm."

At one point, she even had to ask the nurses to remove Ms. Harris from their room.

"After what felt like an eternity, the nurses returned to transfer us to ICU, so we were in a secure unit that had security," she adds.

"I don't know what her actual intent with my child was"

Regardless of the assurance that the nurses gave her, Lory Beth was still shaken up by the entire incident.

"While I honestly don’t know if Ms Harris’ intentions were noble, since she claims to have just been trying to care for Lorelai, I don’t know what she herself was ill with, something that could make my daughter sick. I don’t know anything! I don’t know what her actual intent with my child was. What she did with her. Or even how long she actually had her," she writes.

She also contacted her local police department to find out if she could press any charges, but she was surprised when the police department said "No crime was committed because Harris didn’t ‘intend’ to rape or molest my child. Apparently anyone can take any child anywhere, and it’s not kidnapping as long as you don’t intend to harm the child. So says the law according to the Jonesboro PD."

"Whether or not the intent of harm was or was not there, a child should never be taken in the way in which my daughter was. Thank the gods that [my] baby is safe. We were lucky. Many parents do not get as lucky as we have she adds."

Read her Facebook post below:


This article is republished with permission from theAsianparent Philippines. 

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Nasreen Majid

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