LUBBOCK, Texas - A woman posing as a medical worker kidnapped a three-day-old infant from a hospital early Saturday, police said.
Mychael Darthard was last seen at 1:20 a.m. at Covenant Lakeside Hospital when a woman wearing blue and flower-print hospital scrubs and a gray hooded jacket took her and drove off in a pickup truck, police said.
Hospital surveillance video showed the woman with the jacket hood pulled around her head and holding a purse as she walked through the lobby.
Lt. Scott Hudgens said the baby was jaundiced but he did not have any other information on her medical condition.
The woman may have had a male accomplice, Hudgens said.
"At this point we don't have any reason to believe that the family knew the suspect," Hudgens said.
The suspect had gone into the mother's room several times before the baby was taken, telling the mother the baby needed treatment, said Gwen Stafford, senior vice president of Covenant Health System.
"I think there was more than one attempt," Stafford said. "I'm trying to verify if it was two or three times."
The newborn was wearing a monitoring device but it was not clear if the device included a global positioning system beacon.
Stafford said the hospital has "a very good and sophisticated security" system.
The mother is "distraught, and like us, praying for the safe return of her little girl," Stafford said.
Here is an update on the story. They found the woman and the baby in Clovis, New Mexico. The baby is on her way back home to his parents. Thank goodness that the Amber Alert systems work both in Texas and New Mexico.