Monday 11 December 2017

Gardai alert after suspected attempted abduction of infant from hospital

University Hospital Limerick
University Hospital Limerick

Kathryn Hayes

GARDAI were alerted to University Hospital Limerick today following concerns of a suspected attempted abduction of a young baby.

Staff at the Rainbow Ward became suspicious after two women requested permission to take the baby from the children's ward.

Hospital security personnel was alerted and the local gardaí were contacted.

It's understood the women had been playing with the baby at around 10.30am and then asked if they could bring the infant for a walk.

Gardaí from Roxboro Garda Station made contact with the baby’s mother.

A garda spokesman said the mother informed them she was aware that two friends were calling to see her baby.

Gardai were also in contact with social workers about the incident.

"Staff became suspicious after two unknown females who were playing with the baby asked if they could take the child for a walk. We contacted the mother who said she was aware that two friends had been out visiting her baby, Nothing untoward happened, but we will be keeping an eye on it," said the spokesman.

When contacted a spokesperson for the HSE said UL Hospital has robust security systems in place to ensure the safety of all patients including babies.

"Anytime there is a security breach or attempted security breach the HSE will contact an Garda Siochana who undertake an investigation, " read the statement.

"There was no abduction of any child receiving care in any UL Hospital. UL Hospitals does not comment on individual patients or their care," the statement concluded.

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