Last week, mother of two Lory Beth Snyder took her youngest, 4-month-old Lorelai, to the NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to have her treated for what ended up being a serious milk allergy. The blood work and other tests exhausted both the mother and daughter, so when Snyder had the opportunity, she laid Lorelai down to rest in the hospital crib and settled down for a nap, herself. When she awoke, however, her baby was gone.
Panicked, Snyder began searching the hospital for Lorelai. Snyder later wrote in a Facebook post that when she found her daughter, she was in another hospital room — and in the arms of another patient. According to Snyder, there were also multiple hospital nurses in the room, who were “s just laughing and playing with her and Lorelai,” as if this was completely normal.
Snyder, who didn’t know the patient holding her baby or what illnesses she might have, wrote in the post that she quickly took Lorelai from the mysterious woman and left the room. Nurses packed up her diaper bag — the contents of which had been strewn around the room — and followed. The woman allegedly also followed, all the while continuing to tell Snyder to leave the baby with her and go get some rest. Snyder and Lorelai were then transferred to a more private room in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
After the horrific incident occurred, Snyder contacted the local police department — and took to Facebook to tell her story. In her post, the mother shared that Jonesboro police have told her she cannot press charges because the patient did not intend to harm her child. To Snyder, this seems tremendously unfair. She views it as akidnapping, and the hospital doesn’t seem to be claiming any responsibility — a spokesperson told local television station KAIT Region 8 News that the staff followed protocol and responded appropriately.
“That hospital’s responsibility is to care for their patients and make sure that they are safe and they are well, and that doesn’t seem to be what’s going on,” Snyder told KAIT Region 8 News.
The Jonesboro Police Department is currently working with the NEA Baptist Hospital to conduct a follow-up investigation. For more on Snyder’s story, read her full Facebook post below:
[h/t KAIT Region 8 News]