A woman known as “Su” entered a hospital in Suining, China. She was dressed in a stolen nurse’s outfit. Su walked into an unattended postnatal ward, then left a few moments later with a baby in a bassinet.
As the Daily Mail UK reports, the woman moved down the hospital corridor and quickly made for the exit. Along the way, an elderly woman stopped Su and the two talk for a moment. The grandmother then walks on.
The hospital’s CCTV shows Su get onto an elevator a moment later when then elderly woman suddenly reappears.
The Daily Mail quotes the People’s Daily Online saying that the grandmother became suspicious of the woman because she looked very agitated. She repeatedly questioned the woman, the Daily Mail continues, but didn’t receive a “logical or satisfactory response.”
The elderly woman took the baby away from Su in the elevator.
As the hospital security video shows, Su tried to flee the hospital thereafter, but was stopped by hospital security outside, and then detained by police.
In addition to the attempted kidnapping of the baby, Su is suspected of trafficking woman and children.
Cases like this are not uncommon in China.
The South China Morning Post reports of a woman in Eastern China who miscarried her baby, but lied to her family that she was still pregnant.
The woman then dressed up like a nurse and stole a baby from a hospital in Huanian, Jiangsu Province. She returned to her house and called an ambulance claiming that she delivered the baby at home.
As the Post writes, the crime was revealed when the ambulance returned her to the same hospital from which she stole the baby. Doctors saw no evidence that the woman gave birth and became suspicious.
The BBC quotes a US State Department estimate that some 20,000 children are abducted each year in China. However, Chinese state media suggests the number could be closer to 200,000.
A baby boy can sell in China for up to $16,000, or $8,000 for a baby girl.