Lory Beth Snyder recently took to Facebook to share her story:
“The most terrifying thing happened to my family two days ago. As many of you know Lorelai had been admitted to NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro, during our stay there my baby girl was abducted.
At the time of the incident I was the only one with Lorelai. Neither of us had slept in quite a while, with all the chaos of a hospital, exams, blood work and other testing to find out what was wrong with her.
So when I finally got her to rest, I myself laid down as well.”
“I awoke a little over an hour later to find that Lorelai was missing.
When I found her she was in another woman’s hospital room, in that woman’s arms, with a room full of six or seven nurses just laughing and playing with her and Lorelai. I didn’t know this lady. She was not a nurse or a doctor. Just another hospital patient.”
“I proceed to take Lorelai out of her arms. Even though she persisted that I return to my room, without Lorelai, she stated repeatedly that I needed to just go rest. I told her, no that I was fine and I would be taking my daughter back now.
I removed Lorelai from her arms, and the nurses who had been standing around gathered up her things, because along with taking Lorelai she also took my diaper bag (which had been emptied around her room), IVpole, and crib Lorelai was in sleeping in.”
“We then returned to our room. Three nurses followed me. They all trying to assure me that my child was in no danger, that they knew the patient, and she meant no harm.
It was then that I looked up and saw that Ms. Harris (the woman, patient, whom had taken Lorelai) had also followed us back to our room. She once again persisted that I return Lorelai to her, and that I rest. I told her no thank you, that we were fine.
It was then that the nurses had to remove her from our room.
After what felt like an eternity, the nurses returned to transfer us to ICU, so we were in a secure unit that had security.”
“While I honestly don’t know if Ms. Harris’ intentions were intend[ed to be] noble, since she claims to of [sic] just been trying to care for Lorelai. I don’t know what she herself was ill with, something that could make my daughter sick. I don’t know anything! I don’t know what her actual intent with my child was. What she did with her. Or even how long she actually had her.
I contacted the police. Jonesboro PD stated that no crime was committed because Harris didn’t ‘intend’ to rape or molest my child.”
“Apparently anyone can take any child anywhere, and it’s not kidnapping as long as you don’t intend to harm the child. So says the law according to the Jonesboro PD. Whether or not the intent of harm was or was not there a child should never be taken in the way in which my daughter was.
Thank the gods that make baby is safe. We were lucky. Many parents do not get as lucky as we have.
Child Abduction isn’t something that should be so easily dismissed.”
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