Infant Abduction Prevention, Part 1

What hospital security administrators need to know to prevent abductions at their hospitals


We have discovered that the kidnapper takes good care of the abducted baby in most instances while the infant is in her custody. In fact she treats the victim baby as her own. Most infants that have been recovered after being abducted show no ill effect from the abduction event. This does not mean that an abducted infant may not be exposed to danger. A top university medical center retained our services in 2000 after one of their infants was abducted from their hospital nursery. Unfortunately, the baby was later found dead at the apartment of the kidnappers' boyfriend. The newborn was accidentally asphyxiated when placed face down in a clothes hamper to conceal the infant from police after they knocked on the apartment door. However, this was a fairly atypical ending to an infant abduction.

In our next installment, we look at the "Abductor's Modus Operandi."

About the authors:
Jeff Aldridge, CPP, is an internationally recognized healthcare security consult and the Nation's "Number One" expert on infant security. Jeff works with Fortune 500 Companies in the design and development of state-of-the-art security products for the healthcare industry. He founded Security Assessments International (SAI is online at www.saione.com) in 1994 and continues to provide services for healthcare facilities throughout the U.S. and overseas. In addition, he serves as a consultant to the National media and law enforcement on infant security issues and has provided collaborative assistance to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Over the past 16 years Jeff has assisted over 600 healthcare facilities throughout the U.S. and abroad with their healthcare security issue. Jeff has assisted clients in England, Ireland, Australia, and Kuwait. He has been featured on ABCs 20/20, as well as "PM Magazine", a nationally syndicated television program. He was recently interviewed by NBC, CBS, and the FOX network concerning mother/baby mix-ups in hospitals. Jeff is a much sought after speaker for national and international healthcare organizations as well as a published author. Jeff testifies as an established expert witness in high profile infant abduction cases. He can be reached by email at jeff@saione.com.

Pamela Wells, RNC, BSN, MSHA, IBCLC, RLC is a Clinical Standardization and Outcomes Coordinator for Women’s and Infants’ Services for Erlanger Health System and a Technical Advisor on Infant Abduction Prevention for Security Assessments International, Inc.


Join Jeff Aldridge, CPP, and Bryan Koontz, director of safety and security for High Point Regional Health System, for our free webinar: Securing America's Hospitals, on Aug. 8, 2007 at 1 p.m. Register today.