Monday 22 January 2018

Hospital on alert as two women ask to take baby

University Hospital Limerick
University Hospital Limerick

Kathryn Hayes

GARDAI were called to University Hospital Limerick following concerns of a suspected attempted abduction of a baby.

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

Hospital security was alerted and the gardai 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.

Gardai 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.

A spokesperson for the Health Services Executive (HSE) said UL Hospitals 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.

Irish Independent

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