ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Police say the kidnapping of a baby girl by the girl’s mother was just a misunderstanding.
On Friday, it was reported that police were looking for the mother and daughter after they left Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.
Police say it turns out that the state never wanted custody of the baby.
She was only at the hospital for an illness, and not any abuse or injuries.
A 3-month-old baby taken from Cardinal Glennon Hospital is now in protective custody, officials say.
Earlier on Friday, the mother brought the baby girl to the hospital to be treated for unknown injuries. Once hospital officials decided to keep the child for further evaluation, the mother took the child and left the facility without following hospital discharge procedures.
This led to a full-scale investigation.
“When a nurse realized the baby wasn't in the room, she followed standard hospital procedure and called a 'code pink.' That's just something nurses always do whenever they don't know where a child is, or whenever they're at all concerned," says Ashley Wiehle of Cardinal Glennon.
University City police assisted the Division of Family Services in taking the child back to Cardinal Glennon.
The child was found with family members shortly after 6 p.m. at a home on the 6500 block of Bartmer in University City.
The child’s mother has yet to be located by police.
The incident is not being called an abduction at this point.