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A 2-day-old baby boy was abducted from a

August 23, 1997

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) _ A 2-day-old baby boy was abducted from a hospital early Saturday by a woman who walked in wearing a white lab coat and was familiar with procedures.

``She looked like she belonged there,″ Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Curt Benson said.

Benson said the woman told officials at St. Clare Hospital in this Tacoma suburb that she was from nearby Madigan Army Hospital and was there to see the baby’s mother, identifying her by name and room number.

The woman went to the women’s care center room, where 30-year-old Melinda Coen was staying with her 9-pound, 5-ounce baby, Stuart Coen.

Benson said the woman asked Coen: ```Would you like me to take the baby so you can get some sleep?′ The mother, apparently thinking the woman was a nurse or doctor, said `Sure.‴

The woman put Stuart in a bassinet, which she rolled out the hospital.

The boy’s father, John Rembert Sr., 43, issued a tearful plea for the infant’s return.

``I will press no charges. I just want him back safe in my arms,″ Rembert told KING-TV.

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