Cops: Woman Abducted Newborn From Hospital After Faking Pregnancy
Anquinisha Cummings has been charged with aggravated kidnapping of a child
A Louisiana woman is accused of falsely telling hospital staff that she was pregnant before abducting a newborn from the maternity ward, PEOPLE confirms.
Police say that 24-year-old Anquinisha Cummings visited the emergency room of St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Louisiana, complaining that she was 12 weeks pregnant and having complications. But Doctors later determined that she was not pregnant.
Hours later, Cummings allegedly visited the maternity ward of the same hospital. According to police, she struck up a conversation with a woman who had recently given birth, and the two women allegedly talked for several hours.
Then, police allege, Cummings made her move: When the new mom went to the restroom, police say Cummings took the three-day-old boy out of his bassinet and left the hospital.
According to police spokesman Chris Bates, the mother immediately notified security.
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Investigators quickly retrieved Cummings’s records from her earlier visit to the emergency room. They tracked down the baby at Cummings’s mother’s home. The infant was unharmed and quickly reunited with his mother.
Cummings was arrested on one count of aggravated kidnapping of a child. According to records obtained by PEOPLE, she was remanded to jail with no bond. She has not yet retained an attorney.
The alleged kidnapping has prompted St. Francis Medical Center to reevaluate their safety procedures. An official statement obtained by PEOPLE reads: “The hospital was locked down immediately following the situation. We have increased our 24/7 security presence in the hospital and are reviewing all aspects of this incident and researching additional national safety/security best practices.”
Cummings has yet to enter a plea.