Baby Taken From TMH Found Safe

A missing child alert went out as a newborn baby was taken from Tallahassee Memorial. In Blountstown, Florida, that baby was found safe and sound and his mother is now under arrest.

This hospital surveillance photo shows 28-year-old Melody Robinson wearing a hospital gown and clutching a black bag with her four-day-old son inside.

Tallahassee Memorial says she walked out the door about ten o'clock Thursday night just hours after DCF told her it intended to take her baby away.

Warren Jones, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital spokesman, said, "The Department of Children and Families notified the mother they were going to take custody of the baby today, they notified our nursing staff, and also told our nursing staff that she could stay with the baby."

A DCF spokeswoman cannot comment on any of the specifics in this case, but says it is very unusual for a parent to go this extreme.

Debra Ervin of the Florida Department of Children and Families said, "It's fairly unusual, particularly in a circumstance where a child is actually so young and in the hospital still."

Tallahassee police confirm that little Daniel was born with cocaine in his system.

A court ruling ordering him into protective custody was signed Friday morning, a warrant went out for Robinson's arrest and a missing child alert broadcast on radio and TV.

At 3:15 Friday afternoon, mother and baby were found safe in Blountstown.

CAPT Kelly Burke of the Tallahassee Police Department said, "The mother has since been taken to the Calhoun County Jail under the warrant we had for her for interfering in child custody, and the baby is being turned over to the Department of Children and Families as this time."

A hospital spokesman says Robinson was able to remove a tracking device from her baby before taking off. Warren Jones says TMH is reviewing its security system, but points out it's designed to keep strangers out, not mothers in.


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