Woman Dressed as Nurse Tries to Steal Newborn from Hospital
A new mom’s worst nightmare came true for one scared momma at Garden Grove Hospital this week. Another woman, Grisel Ramirez, who was dressed in scrubs and claimed to be a nurse, attempted to steal the new mom’s baby girl.
Ramirez allegedly told the mother that she needed to take a shower before the doctor came to examine her and that she would watch the baby while she was in the bathroom. Once the mother was out of the room, Ramirez put the newborn baby in a tote bag and tried to carry her out of the maternity ward.
Attention new moms: Please don’t leave your baby. Ever. And if you aren’t sure about something a staff member is asking of you, ask for another opinion because it is better to be safe than sorry!
Luckily, Garden Grove Hospital has a security system like many hospitals where patients, such as newborns, have an electronic sensor in a bracelet or anklet, so once the patient leaves a certain area, an alarm is set off. It was a similar alarm system that alerted hospital staff of the situation and thankfully stopped this abduction before it turned tragic. The newborn wasn’t in the tote for long and was quickly returned to the mother.
The scary part about all of this is that this is not Ramirez’s first attempt. Just last week, she walked into an Anaheim hospital and asked probing questions to a pregnant woman, who was rightfully suspicious and reported her to authorities. Police created a flier with Ramirez’s picture on it, which is how they linked these two incidents.
I must say, after having three children in a hospital, this was always such a huge concern to me. Honestly, I never left them out of my sight unless they were with my husband or mom because I didn’t trust anyone – even the very helpful nurses because let’s face it – some people will do anything to get what they want. And in this case, it sounds like Ramirez was determined to get a newborn, despite how despicable this act is. I am SO glad this story has a happy ending and I hope it reminds us all that it is OK to be overly cautious when it comes to our kids. Even from day 1.