(PITTSBURGH) — A 3-day-old infant who was abducted Thursday afternoon from the maternity ward of a Pittsburgh hospital has been found alive, a Pittsburgh Police Department spokeswoman said.
The baby was taken back to the hospital to be positively identified, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said. The infant’s grandmother told ABC News that the baby has been positively identified.
A suspect, matching the description of the alleged kidnapper, is in police custody and being questioned. She has not been named.
Baby Bryce Coleman was snatched Thursday afternoon moments after nurses removed a security tag from the infant as his family prepared for discharge from the hospital.
At 12:34 p.m. a nurse removed the baby’s security tag in the presence of the child’s mother in preparation for discharge, according to hospital officials.
“At 1:15, the father alerted the staff that the family was ready to depart and then it was determined that the baby was missing,” the hospital said in a statement.
“Hospital staff immediately searched the unit and followed other internal security procedures. Police were called at 1:44 p.m.,” the hospital said.
ABC News affiliate WTAE reported that the suspect was wearing hospital scrubs.
The station reported that woman matching the description of the suspect earlier Thursday entered a uniform store near the hospital and purchased UPMC scrubs. She told the clerk she was receiving training at the hospital that day, according to reports.
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