Couple arrested on suspicion of attempting to abduct premature baby

Couple arrested on suspicion of attempting to abduct premature baby

The couple are said to have visited Great Ormond Street Hospital

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A couple have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to abduct a premature baby.

A 31-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman are said to have visited Great Ormond Street Hospital on Monday afternoon (March 6).

The pair told staff at the hospital that they had a baby at 21 weeks at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel on March 1, according to The Telegraph

Claiming they had come to collect their baby from the neo-natal unit, they showed staff a picture of a baby in an incubator, which is believed to have been printed from the internet.

No records were found for a premature baby born at the Whitechapel hospital on March 1 so hospital staff contacted police about the incident.

Inspector Paul Clarke from the Metropolitan Police said it "could have been a very frightening and harrowing incident" if the couple had managed to take a baby. 

Both have been released on bail, but are not allowed to enter any hospital unless they have a medical emergency.