Abducted newborn returned to HUP
The Amber Child Abduction Alert issued by the state police has been lifted
August 29, 2011, 5:24 pm · Updated September 9, 2011, 12:09 am·
This article was originally published August 25, 2011 at 3:17 p.m.
A two-day-old boy is on his way back to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after being taken by his mother around noon Thursday.
Pennsylvania State Police subsequently lifted the Amber Child Abduction Alert that they issued for the newborn at about 2:30 p.m., according to Southwest Detective Sgt. Michael Goodson.
According to a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Affairs, Tonya Dixon, 39, took her son — who was in need of medical attention — from HUP. The child had an alarm sensor attached to his umbilical cord.
Dixon’s seven other children had previously been taken into custody by the Department of Human Services, the Public Affairs spokesperson said.
The situation is not yet going to be filed as an abduction, according to Goodson. “We are in the preliminary stages of an investigation, which will yield whether there were any criminal elements,” he said. “As of now, we will not definitively say there was a criminal element.”
“Whenever a child leaves a facility there is a concern and the only thing would be to issue it to make sure its safety is guaranteed,” he added.