Newborn kidnapped, head of maternity ward investigated
YOUM7/Hussien Tallal

CAIRO: The father of a newborn boy told Youm7 on Monday that his child was kidnapped in late April by a woman impersonating a nurse at the Qasr el-Aini Hospital.

His wife had given birth on April 30 at 9 a.m., he said. That night, she called her husband and told him the boy had been kidnapped, he said.

He told Youm7 that a female patient told him she saw ”a fake nurse in a white coat” enter his wife’s shared room while she was in the restroom. The woman said the baby had Hepatitis A and needed analysis, the father said. The woman apparently took the baby to the Abul-Reesh Pediatric Hospital before being seen exiting that facility with the baby, he said.

The father, Khaled, said he was filing a missing child report at the Old Cairo police station when he came across the patient who witnessed the events, along with two other women who were in the same room as his wife.

One of the women said she had seen the same woman more than three times during her 20-day stay at the hospital, who apparently appeared interested only in the new births in the maternity section.

The Old Cairo prosecutor summoned the director of the Qasr el-Aini Hospital and the nurses’ supervisor on Monday to investigate them for the kidnapping of the baby by a nurse, Shorouq reported.

Prosecution investigations found a woman who had been impersonating a nurse in Abul-Reesh Pediatric Hospital, Shorouq reported. She had claimed to be checking for babies with Hepatitis A, but was seen disappearing from the hospital after taking a baby, Shorouq reported.

Head of the Old Cairo Prosecution Tamer Al-Arabi released the head of Qasr el-Aini Hospital’s maternity ward on 6,000 EGP bail, and another doctor on 5,000 EGP bail on Monday on charges of negligence and causing a newborn baby to disappear, reported Al-Gomhuria.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Ismail.

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