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Access controls, identification, and security video supplement policies and procedures when it comes to mitigating infant abductions. Photo courtesy of PRNewsFoto/American Academy of Pediatrics, Tammy Hanratty/Corbis
The rarest of incidents, infant abductions from hospital and healthcare facilities can cause cascading tragedies to families and facilities.
Based on reported incidents, California and Texas have the most infant abductions from hospitals.
There is a profile of a “typical” infant abductor, developed from an analysis of 256 cases occurring from 1983-2008, although hospital security executives and law enforcement officials say that such incidents can be triggered by others outside of the typical.