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Friday
Dec072012

Baby Switched at Minneapolis Hospital, Breastfed by Wrong Mom

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- A newborn baby will have to undergo a year of medical tests for HIV and hepatitis because he was accidentally put in the wrong bassinette by a Minneapolis hospital and then breastfed by the wrong mother.

The mix-up happened Wednesday in Abbott Northwestern Hospital when Tammy Van Dyke's little boy Cody was accidentally switched to the wrong bassinette in the nursery.

"You put your baby in the nursery, not even 48-hours old, and you think they're safe," Van Dyke told ABC News.  "I'm holding it together.  I'm just in disbelief, and it was like I was in a dream, a bad dream, and I couldn't get it to stop."

Van Dyke was told about the incident two hours after it happened and just hours before she was going to take Cody home.

The infant had to undergo blood testing for HIV and hepatitis immediately following the switch.

"It was horrible," Van Dyke said.  "Two nurses had to go in through veins in his tiny little arms."

Although the tests came back negative, Abbott Northwestern Hospital told Van Dyke her newborn son would have to undergo blood testing every three months for a year.

Hospital spokeswoman Gloria O'Connell said the tests were "just a precaution," but declined to elaborate because of patient confidentiality.

Van Dyke was able to speak with the other mother, who had to wait 20 minutes before her baby, Liam, was located.

"It gave me peace of mind to talk to her," Van Dyke said.  "She was just as distraught as me that this happened to her, and in the meantime, also didn't know where her baby was.  She has twins."

In an apology letter given to Van Dyke, the hospital states:

"Please accept this letter with our sincerest apologies for what occurred today at the hospital, that in the nursery your newborn son was placed in the wrong bassinette and then was taken to the wrong mother and breastfed.  The hospital agrees to pay for the additional testing that you had done today and will also pay for the tests recommended for your son related to this incident up to one year."

And in a press release from Abbott Northwestern, practicing obstetrician and Chief Clinical Officer of Allina Health, Dr. Penny Wheeler, said, "As an obstetrician, I have personally seen verification of the infant's identifying name band matched correctly with the mother's on hundreds of occasions.  It is extremely unfortunate that was not the case this time.  We sincerely apologize to the involved families and will make certain we understand why our procedures were not appropriately followed in this case."

"I will be thankful to God when this year's over and he's cleared all his health tests and we don't have to think about this again," Van Dyke said.

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Sunday
Nov182012

New Evidence Against FL Teen Who Admitted Killing Baby, Hiding Him in Shoebox

Comstock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Cassidy Goodson, the teen who admitted killing her newborn baby and hiding him in a shoebox this fall, used a Santa Claus doll to show investigators exactly how she strangled him in her bathroom shortly after giving birth, according to new evidence released in Florida.

The video evidence shows Goodson, 14, re-enacting how she killed the baby boy using the doll in the very bathroom she gave birth in on Sept. 19, three days before her mother discovered the dead newborn in a shoebox and called police.

“Its eyes weren’t open, but I felt to see if it was breathing or not — and it did — so I put my hands around its throat to make it stop breathing,” she said, according to WFTS, the ABC News affiliate in Tampa, Fla.

It only took a minute before the baby was dead, she said. A detective off-camera asked Goodson how hard she had to squeeze, to which she replied, “Enough for it to stop breathing.”

An autopsy revealed that the infant died of asphyxia from strangulation and blunt force trauma, according to a police news release dated Sept. 28.

Goodson explained in the video that she didn’t want to disappoint her parents, so she hid her pregnancy with baggy clothes and gave birth in secret. According to police, she began to feel ill on Sept. 17 and realized on Sept. 19 that she was delivering. She placed a towel in her mouth and ran the water to muffle any noise she made.

She described to police that she used a pair of scissors to “pry the baby out,” before the 9.5 pound boy dropped into the toilet, according to the September news release.

“I was scared of what was going to happen and if I was going to get in trouble,” she said in the new video evidence.

Although Goodson’s mother, Teresa, told her to take two home pregnancy tests, Goodson faked them both because no one was in the bathroom with her.

“I thought she was just getting fat and gaining weight, honestly,” Teresa Goodson said. “If I would have known, this would never have happened.”

Goodson was arrested on Sept. 27 and charged with premeditated first degree murder and aggravated child abuse. She will be tried as an adult and could face life in prison without parole.

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Thursday
Aug232012

Baby Abducted from Pittsburgh Hospital Found Alive

WTAE(PITTSBURGH) -- A 3-day-old infant who was abducted Thursday afternoon from the maternity ward of a Pittsburgh hospital has been found alive, a Pittsburgh Police Department spokeswoman said.

The baby was taken back to the hospital to be positively identified, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said. The infant's grandmother told ABC News that the baby has been positively identified.

A suspect, matching the description of the alleged kidnapper, is in police custody and being questioned. She has not been named.

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Baby Bryce Coleman was snatched Thursday afternoon moments after nurses removed a security tag from the infant as his family prepared for discharge from the hospital.

At 12:34 p.m. a nurse removed the baby's security tag in the presence of the child's mother in preparation for discharge, according to hospital officials.

"At 1:15, the father alerted the staff that the family was ready to depart and then it was determined that the baby was missing," the hospital said in a statement.

"Hospital staff immediately searched the unit and followed other internal security procedures. Police were called at 1:44 p.m.," the hospital said.

ABC News affiliate WTAE reported that the suspect was wearing hospital scrubs.

The station reported that woman matching the description of the suspect earlier Thursday entered a uniform store near the hospital and purchased UPMC scrubs. She told the clerk she was receiving training at the hospital that day, according to reports.

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Tuesday
Aug072012

Hospital Thwarts California Baby's Kidnapping

Hemera/Thinkstock(GARDEN GROVE, Calif.) -- A woman disguised in scrubs allegedly tried to steal a newborn girl from a California hospital before the baby's security bracelet sounded an alarm.

Employees at Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center detained suspect Grisel Ramirez, 48, as she tried to exit the building with the newborn baby in her purple tie-dyed bag, Lt. Jeff Nightengale of the Garden Grove Police Department said.

Ramirez was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping.

"The female accused of abducting a child is separating from her husband," Nightengale said. "She had told him she's pregnant, and therefore tried to steal a Hispanic baby."

Ramirez apparently asked an expectant mother a barrage of questions at nearby Western Medical Center in Anaheim last week, making the woman suspicious. She alerted hospital employees, who called police, Nightengale said.

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A police report was filed and a warning was sent to local hospitals, he said.

Ramirez entered Garden Grove Hospital Monday wearing medical scrubs and armed with a visitor's pass, Nightengale said.  She went to the maternity recovery ward on the fifth floor where she entered a new mother's room and told her to take a shower, police said.

While the mother was bathing, Ramirez allegedly placed the newborn in her tote bag and walked toward the exit of the hospital, where she was confronted after the newborn's security bracelet triggered sensors.

The baby was unharmed and was reunited with her mother, Nightengale said.

Ramirez has two adult children, police said.

Police told ABC News affiliate KABC-TV in Los Angeles that Ramirez was not cooperating and had provided police with several fake names.

Ramirez has no known history of mental illness, investigators said.

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Thursday
Apr192012

Nurse Killed New Mother, Kidnapped Baby After Miscarriage

Montgomery County D.A.(SPRING, Texas) -- The nurse who killed a young Texas mother and kidnapped her 3-day-old baby told police she needed the infant to show to her fiance, whom she had misled into believing she had recently given birth to his child.

In a press conference Wednesday, police provided more details of the kidnapping and murder.  They said that the suspect, Verna Deann McClain, 30, contacted them Tuesday afternoon as officers frantically searched for 3-day-old Keegan Schuchardt, who was kidnapped after his mother, Kala Golden, was gunned down outside of a pediatrician's office.  Police had put out an Amber Alert for the child, asking the public to report any sightings of McClain's vehicle to authorities.

McClain contacted police to say she was affiliated with the vehicle being sought but had nothing to do with the crimes.  Her story "fell apart" while investigators interviewed her, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Captain Bruce Zenor.  McClain then confessed to killing Golden, 28, and snatching Schuchardt.

Golden, 28, was shot dead and then run over in the parking lot of the doctor's office where she was taking Schuchardt for a check-up.  Police said that they believe McClain acted alone, pulling up in a Lexus SUV next to Golden's car before shooting her, putting the infant in her car, and then hitting Golden with the SUV on the way out of the parking lot.

McClain is charged with capital murder and is being held without bail in a solitary jail cell.  She is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Zenor said during a press conference Wednesday that McClain kidnapped the baby because she had told her fiance that she had given birth recently to his child, when in reality she had suffered a miscarriage.  She was set to marry the man in May, and felt she needed a baby to show him, according to Zenor.

Police said they believe Golden was a random target, and that McClain had been familiar with the pediatrician's office from taking her own children there.  McClain has three children ages 16, 10 and 6.

Police said that from the moment witnesses called to report a woman shot in the parking lot in Spring, Texas, multiple law enforcement agencies raced to find Schuchardt.  Two detectives spotted a vehicle matching the description of the one in the incident in a nearby apartment complex and entered McClain's home, but found it empty.

McClain later showed up at her apartment, and told police that the baby was at the apartment of her sister, in a neighboring county.  A SWAT team in that county found Schuchardt alive six hours after the kidnapping.

Police said McClain has expressed remorse for the killing.

Schuchardt is now with a relative, police said.  They would not comment on why the child is not being released to his father.

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Wednesday
Apr182012

Woman Arrested for Killing Mother, Kidnapping Her Newborn Baby

KTRK-TV/ABC News(SPRING, Texas) -- A registered nurse arrested for gunning down and killing a new mother and snatching her 3-day-old baby in the parking lot of a Texas pediatrician's office will face capital murder charges, according to the Montgomery County district attorney.

The newborn, Keegan Schuchardt, was found alive and well six hours after his 28-year-old mother Kayla Marie Golden was killed Tuesday, according to police. The suspect in the killing, Verna Deann McClain, a 30-year-old mother of three, is in police custody.

"She's given a full statement to the detectives with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department," the district attorney, Brett Ligon, said Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America. "As part of the statement with that agency, in conjunction with the other evidence that we were able to obtain yesterday...we did charge her [McClain] in the early hours of this morning with capital murder."

Golden was standing by her pickup truck outside the pediatrician's office in Spring, Texas, around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday when a car with a man and woman inside pulled up. There was reportedly an altercation, after which the woman got out and shot the mother repeatedly with what was believed to be a 9mm pistol, then took the baby and drove off.

"My baby, my baby!" Golden reportedly screamed as her infant boy was taken from his car seat. The Houston Chronicle reported that the Lexus struck the mother as it drove off.

As the mother lay dying in the parking lot, a description of the getaway vehicle and occupants quickly went out as an Amber Alert. Golden later died at a local hospital.

Police were led to the Fawnridge Apartments in Houston, where sources said a SWAT team entered a unit and found a woman inside speaking on the phone with another woman. Investigators were then able to track the woman on the other phone to a home in north Harris County, where baby Keegan was found.

An affidavit obtained by ABC News from the Montgomery County police states that McClain admitted to shooting Golden and taking the baby to her home in Texas' Harris County.

According to the affidavit, McClain's sister, Corina Jackson, had recently said that her sister would be adopting a baby soon. After she allegedly killed Golden and stole her newborn, McClain stated to her sister that she now had the child. McClain has three children ages 16, 10 and 6.

"There were statements that were made by Ms. McClain that led us to believe this was an intentional act on her part, not that Ms. Golden was targeted specifically, but that this was part of a plan to kidnap a child," Ligon said.

Witnesses said the mom fought to keep the baby from the kidnappers, but ended up in the parking lot with gunshot wounds.

"The child was being put into the suspect vehicle and that's when the mother tried to get into the car," Lt. Dan Norris with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said. "The car sped away, knocking the lady to the ground."

The female suspect was described by witnesses at the time as a black female carrying a small caliber pistol, possibly a 9mm. There was no word from police on the other suspect who was driving the getaway car.

Baby Keegan remains in custody of the state's Child Protective Services while officials conduct a full background investigation on his father, Keith Schuchardt, before the newborn is returned to his care, according to Ligon.

There was no father listed on the baby's birth certificate so police want to make sure who the father is before turning the baby over to them.

"I expect them to be reunited this morning or sometime this afternoon," he said. "Obviously for the father, Keith, it has been a roller coaster. You lose your wife one day but you're able to recover your child, it's an emotional swing not many people would be prepared for but I understand he's holding up well."

It wasn't immediately clear whether there was any connection between the kidnappers and Golden or the baby's father

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Wednesday
Apr182012

Snatched Newborn of Slain Mom Found Alive; Person Detained

ABC News(SPRING, Texas) -- A 3-day-old baby who was snatched from his mother by a woman who shot her at least six times in the parking lot of a Spring, Texas, pediatrician's office, has been found alive, and someone has been detained in the case, officials said.

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said only that the infant, Keegan Schuchardt, had been found alive, but did not say where.

One person he described as a person of interest in the case has been detained, he said.  He would give no other details about the recovery of the newborn or any suspected motive for the kidnapping, saying it is still an active investigation.

Sources told ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV in Houston that the lead to the newborn's whereabouts came when a SWAT team went into an apartment in a complex near the scene of the abduction.

The officers found a woman there talking on the phone with another woman, the sources said.  They tracked the woman on the other end and found Schuchardt at her home.

Police have surveillance video from the center where Schuchardt was kidnapped, Ligon said.

According to police, the incident began when Kala Marie Golden, 28, was standing by her pickup truck outside the pediatrician's office at around 2:40 p.m., and a car with a man and woman inside pulled up and there was some kind of argument.

The woman got out and shot the mother repeatedly with what was believed to be a 9mm pistol, then took the baby, who was in his car seat, from the mother's pickup truck, police and witnesses said.

Golden was rushed to a hospital, but died there, police said.

The suspect was described as a black female wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans, and carrying a small caliber pistol, possibly a 9mm.  She was reportedly last seen driving an ice blue Lexus four-door with an unknown license plate.

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Tuesday
Apr172012

Newborn Baby Found After Attacker Killed Mom

ABC News(SPRING, Texas) -- The 3-day-old baby who was snatched from his mother by a woman who shot her at least six times in the parking lot of a Spring, Texas, pediatrician's office, has been found alive, officials said.

The Montgomery County District Attorney's office told ABC station KTRK-TV in Houston only that the boy, Keegan Schuchardt, had been found alive. They did not say where the infant was found, or anything about the progress of the search for the suspect in the case.

Police said the incident began when Kayla Marie Golden, 28, was standing by her pickup truck outside the pediatrician's office at around 2:40 p.m., and a car with a man and woman inside pulled up and there was some kind of argument.

The woman got out and shot the mother repeatedly with what was believed to be a 9mm pistol, then took the baby, Keegan, who was in his car seat, from the mother's pickup truck, police and witnesses said.

"She was laying on the ground. She wasn't moving for nothing," witness Joshua Jesson told KTRK. "But then I saw a blue Lexus drive off in that direction."

"The child was being put into the suspect vehicle and that's when the mother tried to get into the car," Lt. Dan Norris with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said. "The car sped away, knocking the lady to the ground."

The mother was rushed to a hospital but died there, police said.

Authorities have detained one person of interest in the investigation, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon.

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