A mother, hoping to avoid having her baby taken once it was born, stole the identity of another pregnant woman whose information she got via social media.
A mother in UK, hoping to avoid having her baby taken once it was born, stole the identity of another pregnant woman whose information she got via social media.
She almost succeeded.
The unidentified woman had already had three of her children removed from her custody, so when it was time to go to the hospital she gave the recently acquired name instead of her own.
When asked for her pregnancy records, she made an excuse and directed them to a community midwife.
As the story checked out, she was admitted to the hospital, gave birth, and was released with the child.
Nobody gave it a second thought until the woman whose identity had been stolen showed up at her doctor’s office for a pregnancy exam.
Her records, of course, showed that she’d already had the baby.
An investigation ensued, and the woman who had tried to evade authorities was found.
Her child was taken from her care.
A spokesperson for the hospital said that they’ve since tightened security.
Going forward, patients unable to produce an ID may not be discharged until they can prove who they are.