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Texas Newborn Kidnapped


March 12, 2007

A Texas newborn was kidnapped Saturday after a woman posing as a hospital employee said she needed the baby for some tests, and then left the room with the baby.

On Saturday morning at 1 am, Mychael Dowadu was just three days old, but just as her third day of life started, young Mychael became a kidnap victim.

"A female posing as a hospital employee went into the hospital room, told the family that they needed to take the baby for some tests, and then left the room" said Lt. Scott Hudgens, Lubbock Police.

Before the suspect was caught, she was caught on tape. Surveillance cameras at Covenant Medical Center captured what appears to be an African American woman in her twenties walking in the hospital.

There was tape of her before the abduction, and later, leaving, wearing a puffy coat and carrying a handbag. Hospital officials said she was not an employee, but posed as one, dressed in nurse's scrubs, taking advantage of a hospital open to the public.

"This individual was pretty sophisticated, or at least knowledgeable, of what happens in health care institutions" said Gwen Stafford, Covenant Medical Center.

Lubbock police got more than 200 tips. Then at midnight Saturday a caller said the suspect, and baby Mychael were spotted about 100 miles away in Clovis, New Mexico.

"Clovis located the baby Mychael at a residence there in Clovis in the company of an adult female" said Hudgens.


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