Today’s winner is Jennifer Latham. She gets the award for the following.
SANFORD, Fla. – A woman abducted a 1-day-old baby from a secure hospital unit Friday and apparently smuggled the child out in a tote bag, police said.
A 39-year-old woman was arrested a short time later after being pulled over by police in nearby Lake Mary, said Darrel Presley, deputy chief of the Sanford Police Department, near Orlando.
Officials at Central Florida Regional Hospital told police of the abduction around 1:45 p.m. after hospital alarms indicated the child had been removed from the newborn unit, Presley said.
The hospital was immediately locked down as officials searched the grounds, but Jennifer Latham was apparently able to slip by security because she had the child hidden in a bag, he said.
Police in Lake Mary pulled over a vehicle at about 3 p.m. that matched a description of the vehicle witnesses described Latham driving, he said. The baby was found inside unharmed and has been returned to the hospital and reunited with the parents.
Fortunately there was a happy ending. There is nothing more precious to a parent than their child’s life. Latham is probably disturbed, I don’t care. She put one mother through hell for a short period of time, and that makes her today’s Knucklehead of the Day.
Two other comments- Read this Orlando Sentinel article. Latham walked out the front door of Central Florida Regional Hospital. So much for security at this place.
Would you believe a judge released Latham without bail because she had no prior offenses. Latham committed kidnapping and she is back out on the street. Do you think Seminole County Judge Ralph Eriksson and the hopsital deserve Knuckleheads too?