BERLIN — A newborn baby girl was stolen from a hospital on the outskirts of Frankfurt on Thursday but was found several hours later and two suspects have been arrested, police said.
The baby was born in the clinic early Thursday morning, but around noon a woman came into the mother's room pretending to be a nurse and taking the girl away, police said in a statement.
Police launched a major search operation around the Hoechst hospital, and several hours later they were tipped off to search a nearby home, where officers found two 28-year-old women with the baby, police said.
Both were arrested as they could not explain why the baby was with them, police said. A nurse from the hospital and a midwife later identified the missing girl, German news agency DAPD reported.
The 20-year-old mother had given the baby away as she thought the woman was taking the 3.2 kilogram (7 pound) newborn to a medical exam.