Glendale police have arrested Jason Matthew Bristol after they say he smuggled his 2-day-old daughter out of Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.
The girl was born with traces of morphine, marijuana, and methamphetamine in her system, police say. She was brought to the hospital after being born at home.
Police say the parents concocted a scheme to kidnap the baby before the state could take her away from them.
Surveillance video shows Bristol calmly walking down the hallway with a shopping bag. There’s no audio, but the hospital says maternity-ward alarms, designed to go off when someone takes a baby, were blaring.
Police say Bristol’s daughter was in the plastic bag with a blanket over her face.
AZ Central reported that a hospital security expert told systems used to keep track of babies have been in place for years.
“It’s akin to the shoplifting tags that are used by department stores, it’s a similar technology,” said Steve Kaufer with Inter/Action Associates, Inc. out of Palm Springs, Calif. “So it sounds like the hospital was equipped with the proper technology and the hospital personnel did the proper things.”
When Bristol is alone again, he takes a peek inside the bag but does not take the child out. In fact, he leans up against the wall, puts the bag behind his back and does nothing for about 30 seconds.
Then with no staff in sight, Bristol makes one last move for the door — the same door that wouldn’t budge a few minutes earlier.
This time it opens and soon he’s in the lobby and headed for the exit.
The hospital said it’s a fire escape, so it cannot remain locked. It automatically unlocks 15 seconds after the first attempt to open it.
So you see the dad going through the second time because more than 15 seconds had passed.
The dad was arrested and the state took custody of the baby.
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