A 47-year-old woman, pretending to be a paediatrician, was detained in Cabanillas del Campo for taking a baby from the University Hospital of Guadalajara on Saturday.
The baby boy, born on January 30, was taken by the woman, who was wearing a doctor’s robe, after she entered the maternity room asking if routine checks had been carried out on the new-born, such as the heel test.
The heel test is an analytical blood test carried out between the first 48 and 72 hours after the baby is born to detect congenital diseases.
After the baby’s father said that the examination hadn’t been performed, the woman told the family members that she would take the child to carry out the test.
Family members reported the incident after discovering that the ‘paediatrician’ that had taken the baby was actually a fraud.
The hospital’s security cameras recorded the women leaving the premises with the baby in her arms.
The National Police and Guardia Civil activated protocol and carried out vehicle inspections in Guadalajara and neighbouring locations.
Security forces were able to locate the whereabouts of the woman and the child after they were recorded at a pharmacy in Cabanillas del Campo.
The woman who was arrested at her home had recently lost a baby, according to her neighbours.
The new-born, who was found safe and sound, was safely returned to his parents.