A WOMAN has been charged with stealing another couple’s five-day-old baby from hospital after she lost her own child in a miscarriage.
Cops say Suneeporn Sakda, 34, fromThailand, tried to abduct the tot in order to pass it off as her own to her husband.
The shocking incident happened in the Nakhon Phathom Hospital on the outskirts of Bangkok over the weekend.
Police tracked the suspect, a construction worker, down after she was allegedly seen taking the tot.
Suneeporn is said to have befriended the baby’s mother at the hospital’s maternity ward on Thursday and followed the family to their home when they were discharged on Saturday.
She allegedly came back the next day to tell the couple the baby needed an injection, prompting the dad to get in a taxi with her to take the tot back to hospital.
But after offering to hold the child while the distracted dad paid the taxi driver, Suneeporn allegedly made off with the tot as soon as his back was turned.
Police tracked the grieving mum down to the construction workers’ camp where she is believed to have worked after the father raised the alarm.
She is said to have broken down and confessed to snatching the child to raise as her own after cops demanded to see the baby’s birth certificate.
She reportedly told officers she had not told her husband about the miscarriage, planning instead to steal another baby to replace the one she lost.
Suneeporn, who is thought to have also been accused of fraud for impersonating another person back in 2013, was arrested and charged with taking a minor under 15 from his parents.
The baby was taken to hospital for a check-up and deemed to be well, before being returned to his parents.
Nakhon Pathom Governor Adisak Thep-asana praised police for their prompt response.
She is advising hospitals to put extra security in place to ensure it never happens again.
Credit – TheSun