UPMC Statement Regarding Today’s Infant Abduction at Magee-Womens Hospital
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 23, 2012 - Following an investigation of today’s infant abduction at Magee-Womens Hospital, UPMC officials determined that a nurse removed the security tag from the baby in the mother’s room at 12:34 p.m. in preparation for discharge. The mother was present at the time of the tag’s removal.
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. Hospital staff immediately searched the unit and followed other internal security procedures. Police were called at 1:44 p.m.
The safety of UPMC’s patients and staff is our top priority, and we will continue to cooperate with police and to review all steps taken during this incident.