Baby Taken From Hospital Crib
CHEVERLY, Md. (AP) _ A 20-day-old infant apparently was abducted from his crib in a suburban Washington, D.C. hospital Thursday while undergoing treatment for an infection, police said.
Jeremiah Robert Thate was discovered missing by his parents, Robert and Theresa Thate, around 4:50 p.m. The baby was brought to the Prince George’s Hospital Center on Monday with a bronchial infection and was in the pediatrics ward with about a dozen other children, hospital officials said.
The baby apparently was taken during a 20-minute period when his mother went to get a snack, said Ronald Weitz, the hospital spokesman.
″Whoever took the infant cut the IV (intravenous) cord leading to the crib,″ Weitz said.
There was no immediate suspect, according to Bruce Gentile, a Prince George’s County police department spokesman.
Gentile said police interviewed the parents and staff, combed the hospital grounds and checked all vehicles leaving the grounds with no success.
″The child needs hospital care. It’s not a life-threatening situation, but he does require continuing medical care,″ Gentile said.
The baby has dark blonde hair, dark blue eyes and was last seen wearing an orange hospital gown.