Kidnapped Texas Newborn Found in N.M.

Mychael Darthard-Dawodu
Mychael Darthard-Dawodu

A newborn kidnapped from a hospital here was found safe in a New Mexico home on Sunday, police said.

Four-day-old Mychael Darthard-Dawodu was taken by police to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, N.M., where she was in good condition, Clovis police Lt. James Schoeffel said Sunday.

Transportation was being arranged to return the baby to Texas, said Lubbock police Lt. Scott Hudgens.

'We're ecstatic to be able to locate the child still in good health and to be able to reunite her with her mother,' Hudgens said Sunday morning.

The infant was kidnapped early Saturday by a woman posing as a medical worker, who walked out of Covenant Lakeside Hospital with the 5-pound baby hidden in her purse, police said.

A 21-year-old woman was in custody Sunday in Clovis, authorities said.

Law enforcement officials received information from more than one source that the baby was in Clovis, about 100 miles northwest of Lubbock, said FBI spokeswoman Lori Bailey in Dallas. Bailey declined to elaborate because the investigation was continuing.

The baby's parents were notified of the recovery, said Covenant Health System Senior Vice President Gwen Stafford.

'Certainly they are relieved and happy and the next chapter is to have the mother hold the baby in her arms,' Stafford said Sunday morning.

The abduction sparked a manhunt and multiple Amber Alerts in Texas and New Mexico. Tips about the abduction came in from across the country, Hudgens said.

Hospital surveillance footage showed a woman wearing blue and flower-print hospital scrubs and a gray, puffy jacket with a hood walking out of the hospital around 1:20 a.m. Saturday. She fled in a red pickup truck, possibly with a male accomplice, police said.

The abductor had gone into Mychael's mother's room several times before the baby was taken, telling her the baby needed tests, Stafford said.

The child was suffering from jaundice, a common complication in newborns in which a buildup of pigment in the blood causes a yellowing of the skin.

Story courtesy of the Associated Press.