A baby stolen Wednesday evening from a hospital in Zapopan, Jalisco, has been found in good health, police announced on Thursday.
Neighbors found the infant abandoned in the parking area of a building in the Arcos de Zapopan neighborhood. She was taken to hospital for medical evaluation where Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro reported that the baby was in good health and that her father had identified her. The governor added that further forensic confirmation of her identity was in progress. Several hours later, the baby was shown back in her mother’s arms.
“The baby who was stolen yesterday from the Hospital General de Occidente is back in her mother’s arms today … but this is not over, we are still looking for the perpetrators,” Alfaro said on Twitter.
The Jalisco Attorney General’s Office is also investigating a related incident in which a woman tried to take a baby from another nearby hospital on August 20. At the time, staff stopped her and rescued the baby, but did not report the incident to authorities.
Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solís Gómez said agents are investigating whether it could have been the same person who successfully kidnapped the newborn on Wednesday.
Solís also noted that the woman who stole the infant on Wednesday had knowledge of the staff shift schedule, suggesting that she may have been assisted by someone who worked for the hospital.