Gardaí were alerted to University Hospital Limerick yesterday following concerns of a suspected attempted abduction of a baby.
Staff at the Rainbow Ward became suspicious after two women requested permission to take the baby from the children’s ward. Hospital security personnel was alerted and the local gardaí were contacted.
It’s understood the women had been playing with the baby at around 10.30am and asked if they could bring the infant for a walk.
Gardaí from Roxboro Garda Station made contact with the baby’s mother. A Garda spokesman said the mother informed them she was aware that two friends were calling to see her baby.
Gardaí were also in contact with social workers about the incident.
“Staff became suspicious after two unknown females who were playing with the baby asked if they could take the child for a walk.
“We contacted the mother who said she was aware that two friends had been out visiting her baby, Nothing untoward happened, but we will be keeping an eye on it,” said the spokesman.
When contacted, a spokesperson for the HSE said UL hospitals has robust security systems in place to ensure the safety of all patients including babies.
“Anytime there is a security breach or attempted security breach the HSE will contact An Garda Síochána who undertake an investigation,” read the statement.
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