Glendale PD: Father took baby from hospital in plastic bag

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Jason Matthew Bristol By Christina O'Haver Jason Matthew Bristol By Christina O'Haver

YOUNGTOWN, Ariz. -- Glendale police have arrested a Youngtown man after he allegedly concealed his newborn baby in a plastic bag and took her from a Valley hospital without permission.

Jason Matthew Bristol, 33, reportedly left Banner Thunderbird Medical Center on Jan. 21 after social workers told him the Arizona Department of Child Safety was going to take custody of his child.

According to court documents, the baby was born at a Youngtown home and then brought to the hospital, where a routine drug screen showed methamphetamine, marijuana and morphine in her bloodstream.

Police said that to avoid the Department of Child Safety, Bristol sneaked the baby out of the hospital and the mother left before she was discharged. Bristol allegedly wrapped the baby in blankets and placed her in a plastic bag about the size of a diaper bag.

An alarm attached to the baby's arm caused the doors to secure, and Bristol began trying other doors. Police say the entire incident was captured on surveillance video.

Bristol allegedly took the baby to an apartment in Surprise instead of his home.

The Department of Child Safety ultimately located the family and took custody of the child.

Bristol was arrested Wednesday in the area of 114th and Alabama avenues in Youngtown. He has been charged with one felony count each of child abuse and possession of dangerous drugs.

According to court documents, Bristol was in possession of a usable amount of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest. He told police he is a meth addict and had planned to start a recovery program.

Police said Bristol also claimed he thought it was OK to place his child in a plastic bag, and that the blankets were not for concealment but rather to keep her warm. He also said he thought the alarm sounding was a fire alarm.

Court documents show that Bristol has a prior history of domestic violence and his father has a restraining order against him.

His preliminary hearing in scheduled for March 9.


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