The Typical Abductor

  • 1. . Female of "childbearing" age (range now 12 to 50), often overweight.
  • 2. . Most likely compulsive; most often relies on manipulation, lying, and deception.
  • 3. . Frequently indicates she has lost a baby or is incapable of having one.
  • 4. . Often married or cohabitating; companion's desire for a child or the abductor's desire to provide her companion with "his" child may be the motivation for the abduction.
  • 5. Usually lives in the community where the abduction takes place.
  • 6. Frequently initially visits nursery and maternity units at more than one healthcare facility prior to the abduction; asks detailed questions about procedures and the maternity floor layout; frequently uses a fire exit stairwell for her escape; and may also try to abduct from the home setting.
  • 7. Usually plans the abduction, but does not necessarily target a specific infant; frequently seizes any opportunity present.
  • 8. . Frequently impersonates a nurse or other allied healthcare personnel.
  • 9. . Often becomes familiar with healthcare staff, staff work routines, and victim parents.
  • 10. Demonstrates a capability to provide "good" care to the baby once the abduction occurs.

Prevention is the best defense against infant abductions.
Know whom to look for and that person's method of operation.

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