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Kidnapped baby turns up in Krabi | Thaiger

THALANG: Police are searching for two people suspected of snatching a newborn baby from Thalang Hospital after a two-day ordeal ended with mother and baby being reunited in Krabi yesterday.

Thalang Police have issued arrest warrants for Sunantha Sangarun, 28, and her unidentified accomplice, said Phuket Vice-Governor Worapoj Ratthasima at a press conference today.

Burmese native K. Fah, 20, gave birth to a boy at Thalang Hospital about 6 am on Monday, said Sub Lt Patiwat Yodkwan of Thalang Police Station.

K. Fah went to sleep that night with her baby beside her, while two relatives of her husband, who is not the father of the baby, slept in the same room, he added.

About 2 am, K. Fah woke and went to use the bathroom. That was when she noticed that her baby was no longer in the room, Sub Lt Patiwat said.

After hospital staff were alerted of the missing baby, a hospital worker called Thalang Police. Lt Patiwat arrived at the hospital with an investigation team at about 2:45 am, he said.

On Thursday, staff at Krabi Hospital alerted local police after Sunantha showed up at the hospital without any documentation for the newborn baby she had with her, said Maj Anukul Nuket of Thalang Police Station.

Krabi Police contacted Thalang Police and Maj Anukul traveled to Krabi Hospital with K. Fah.

Aware that hospital staff were suspicious of her, Sunantha fled, without the baby, before Maj Anukul and K. Fah arrived, said Maj Anukul.

After seeing the baby, K. Fah was able to identify the boy as her own, he added.

CCTV cameras at Thalang Hospital showed Sunantha and one other person, about whom police have declined to give details, with K. Fah’s baby on the night of the kidnapping, he said.

He declined to comment on possible motives for the kidnapping or whether the child’s natural father might have been involved until the suspects are arrested.

This is the first reported incident of a baby being kidnapped from Thalang Hospital, he added.


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