Parents take newborn baby from hospital without permission

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Parents of a newborn baby caused a panic at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale on Wednesday when they took the baby from the hospital without permission, according to a spokesman for Banner Health.

The hospital went into lockdown after the 2-day-old baby disappeared.

The parents secretly took the baby from the hospital because they found out caseworkers from the Arizona Department of Child Safety planned to take custody of the child.

Glendale police investigated the incident and determined no crime was committed. They said the baby is healthy and home with the parents.

An Arizona Department of Child Safety spokeswoman would not say why the agency determined the parents are unfit.

An attorney with experience in these types of cases said there are many reasons why DCS would take custody of a newborn baby.

"If the parents have an open juvenile case regarding the other children. If the child was born substance exposed," said attorney Linda Vescio.

Officials will not say if they think this child is in imminent danger.

"We've got reports for years of CPS not investigating cases and we have plenty of reports of CPS removing children for no good reason so who knows if this baby's in danger or not," Vescio said.

Police do not consider this a kidnapping because state caseworkers never officially served the parents with custody papers.

"They weren't under any police orders. They weren't under any court orders. It's their child. I haven't heard any facts which would preclude them from taking their child," Vescio explained.

It's unclear what will happen next in this case, but the hospital disappearing act could impact the parents negatively.