Thursday, August 23, 2012

3-day-old reunited with parents after being taken from Magee-Womens Hospital - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

By Sadie Gurman, Moriah Balingit, Ed Blazina and Mackenzie Carpenter / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh police are questioning a woman in the abduction of a 3-day-old boy from Magee-Womens Hospital in Oakland this afternoon, police said.

The woman, taken into custody in a house on Laketon Road in Wilkinsburg, was led in handcuffs into the North Side police bureau headquarters this afternoon.

The baby, Bryce Coleman, was wearing a a white shirt and diaper when he was taken, police said. He has not yet been found.

Police said they were following several leads and plan a press briefing some time tonight.

Cameras from inside the hospital show the woman wearing black UPMC hospital scrubs and walking out the doors with the baby about 1 p.m.

Emergency dispatchers described the woman as a stranger to the child's parents, black, about 25 years old, and about 180 pounds, wearing pink sneakers. She was wearing her short hair in a ponytail.

UPMC issued a statement saying the baby was taken as his parents prepared to leave following discharge. The woman who took the child is not "believed to be a UPMC employee," according to the statement.

The baby's emergency alert ID tag had been removed about 12:15 pm and the woman was last seen on the maternity floor about 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh police are checking cars and bags around the building.

The woman bought the scrub top this morning from Life Uniforms, a store that sits inside the Oxford Building on Forbes Avenue, less than a block from the hospital.

Autumn Bullion, an employee at the store, said the woman was waiting in the building's lobby before the store opened at 9 a.m. this morning.

She wandered in and browsed for about five minutes before she came to the counter and asked Ms. Bullion for a large or extra large black scrub top with the UPMC insignia. Ms. Bullion rang her up for an extra large top marked $17.99. With a 10 percent discount because the woman said she worked at Magee, she paid $16.19.

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