Infant abducted at Pittsburgh hospital found; suspect arrested

Story highlights

  • The suspect will be charged with one count of kidnapping, police say
  • Uniform store employee says woman bought scrubs using a fake name
  • Hospital plans to review security procedures
  • Hospital official: Abduction occurred as family was preparing for infant's discharge
A 3-day-old baby abducted from a Pittsburgh hospital has been reunited with his mother, and a suspect is in custody, authorities said.
Pittsburgh police recovered the baby hours after a female suspect in black scrubs and pink shoes was caught on surveillance Thursday afternoon at Magee-Womens Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
The family was preparing to be discharged when the abduction happened, said Wendy Zellner, a hospital spokeswoman.
A few hours later, Breona Moore, 19, was arrested. She will be charged with one count of kidnapping, Pittsburgh police said in a statement.
Police took Moore into custody after her relative tipped them off to a Facebook post where she claimed she had a baby Monday. The anonymous tip led police to a downtown building, where they arrested her and found the baby.
Breona Moore, 19, was arrested in the abduction of a baby from a Pittsburgh hospital.
As she was transported from the squad car to the police headquarters, Moore yelled, "Guess what mom? It's all your fault!" CNN affiliate WPXI filmed her shouting. "I'm telling you, it wasn't just me!"
Moore's final comment to reporters before police removed her was, "It's a lot when you lose a child."
Physicians examined the infant and found him to be in good health, hospital officials said.
"We'd like to thank the police, the FBI and our staff for their great and rapid work to bring this incident to a successful conclusion," hospital President Leslie Davis said in a statement. "We will be reviewing this event to see what improvements could be made in our security procedures."
On discovering the baby's disappearance, hospital employees immediately notified police and implemented security procedures, according to Zellner.
The suspect had bought hospital scrubs at a uniform store that morning and provided a fake name, police said.
Baby abductions by nonfamily members at hospitals are rare. Before Thursday, there had been 131 cases since 1983, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Of those, 126 infants were found.