Lory Beth Snyder says she does not want any other parent to go through what she did.
Her infant, Lorelai, had been admitted to the hospital, and after finally getting the baby to rest, she decided to take a nap herself.
When she awoke, Lorelai was not in the room.
Snyder explains on Facebook:
“When I found her she was in another woman’s hospital room, in that woman’s arms, with a room full of six or seven nurses just laughing and playing with her and Lorelai. I didn’t know this lady. She was not a nurse or a doctor. Just another hospital patient.”
When Snyder, pictured below, retrieved her daughter from the arms of the woman, she was told to “go rest” and to leave Lorelai with her. Snyder declined this offer. She notes that the woman had not only taken Lorelai, but her diaper bag — the contents of which had been flung around the room — and Lorelai’s IV pole and crib.
Snyder says in her Facebook post that three nurses followed her back to her and Lorelai’s room, attempting to assure Snyder that the woman was harmless, but just as soon as they got back to the room, the woman appeared at the door:
“She once again persisted that I return Lorelai to her, and that I rest… It was then that the nurses had to remove her from our room.”
Eventually, Snyder and Lorelai were moved to another room in the hospital.
Local news station KAIT spoke with Brad Parsons, the CEO of the hospital, who says that “inpatient safety is our utmost responsibility” and as such, the hospital’s risk management department and the local police department are investigating the incident.
According to KAIT, a police report indicated that officers had spoken to the other woman, who was adamant that she had no intentions to harm Lorelai.
The police report also noted that Lorelai was not harmed in the incident and that no criminal charges would be brought against the woman.
The hospital released the following statement regarding the case:
“An incident occurred in one of our patient care units (not labor and delivery) on Friday involving two patients, one of them a pediatric patient. While we cannot go into details because of patient privacy laws, two of our nurses acted immediately, followed all protocols, and rapidly brought the situation under control. Because of their quick work, all patients remained safe. Our nurses quickly secured the pediatric patient and mother and fully cooperated with police, who declined to take action against anyone. We are grateful that everyone is safe, and we wish everyone the best and continued good health.”
Snyder is thankful that her daughter is safe, but notes that not every parent is so lucky.
Between 1983 and June 2016, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 306 infants were abducted. One hundred thirty-eight of those infants — almost half — were abducted from healthcare facilities, many of them being taken right from the mother’s room.